PALMDALE – A 38-year-old man died after he was shot in the head late Monday night in Palmdale.
Stefan Burks was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital and pronounced dead around 5:50 a.m. Tuesday, according to Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
Detectives have released little information about the shooting, which was reported around 10:10 p.m., Monday, May 12 in the 2500 Block of Bottle Tree Drive in Palmdale.
Investigators were on scene for most of the day Tuesday; and Bottle Tree Drive, between the 2500 and the 2700 block, was blocked off all morning as investigators interviewed family members and neighbors.
A man, who asked not to be identified, claimed he was inside the home Monday night when the shooting apparently occurred in the garage.
“I was sitting on the couch… all of a sudden, [name removed] runs in the house and says, ‘Stefan got shot in the f**king head!’ And that’s when I dialed 911, ran straight into the garage and did exactly what the lady told me to do,” the unidentified witness said.
Stefan was shot in the back of the head, the witness said. Stefan was a medical marijuana cardholder, and he was growing marijuana inside and outside the garage where he was shot, the witness claimed.
Homicide detectives would not confirm any of this information Tuesday afternoon. They said they would release more information once a preliminary investigation was completed.
We will have more details on this story when they become available.