LANCASTER – A man in his 30s was shot and killed after an argument in Lancaster Saturday night, authorities said.
The incident happened around 10:34 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, in the 45400 block of Corkwood Avenue, according to Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
“Detectives have learned that Lancaster Sheriff’s Station deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call of a ‘gunshot victim.’ When deputies arrived they located the victim, a 30-year-old male… suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper body,” Navarro-Suarez stated.
The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Witnesses told investigators that the victim and two men were involved in a verbal argument, and during the argument, one of the men shot the victim with a handgun, according to Navarro-Suarez.
Both suspects fled the location in an unknown direction; the murder weapon has not been recovered, Navarro-Suarez stated.
The investigation is ongoing and there is no additional information at this time.
The victim’s name has not yet been released pending next of kin notification.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).
UPDATE: The deceased has been identified as 30-year-old Johnnie Jones of Los Angeles, according to Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.