PALMDALE – Two suspects have been arrested in connection with a gang-related car-to-car shooting in Palmdale Friday that critically wounded a teenage girl, authorities announced Saturday.
Jaime Espinoza, 20, and Fernando Albarran Jr., 21, were booked at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station jail Saturday morning on suspicion of attempted murder, according to Ryan Rouzan of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau. The suspects, both residents of Palmdale, are each being held on $500,000 bail.
Detectives said the car-to-car shooting occurred around 12:02 p.m., Friday, Dec. 19, in the area of 17th Street East and Avenue R in Palmdale.
“An occupant of the suspect’s vehicle shot into the victims’ vehicle striking at least two occupants, one being the female juvenile who was sitting in the front passenger’s seat,” stated Deputy Grace Medrano of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau. “The victims continued to drive to the 37800 block of Melton Avenue, Palmdale, where Palmdale Sheriff Station deputies contacted the victims.”
Neighbors in the area said the girl was shot in the head. She was transported to a local hospital in extremely critical condition. The second wounded person did not sustain life-threatening injuries, a neighbor said.
Several hours after the shooting, a vehicle believed to be involved was stopped by Palmdale Sheriff Station deputies in the area of Palmdale Boulevard and 10th Street East, Medrano stated.
Three occupants of that vehicle were detained in connection with the shooting. One of the detained was released pending further investigation into the shooting, while Espinoza and Albarran were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
The girl does not have any gang affiliation, but the suspects are believed to be gang members, authorities said.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.
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