UPDATE: MAN SHOT DEAD BY APPARENT GANG MEMBERS IN PALMDALE
Homicide detectives have released more information about the shooting death of a man that occurred Tuesday, March 31, outside Sky Burgers on the 1800 block of East Palmdale Boulevard. According to a press statement issued Wednesday afternoon from the Sheriff’s Information Bureau:
“Detectives have learned that at 9:36 p.m. the victim was at a local restaurant in Palmdale when he saw four Hispanic men attempting to steal his bicycle. The 41-year-old victim tried to intervene, but was physically assaulted by all four suspects. During the assault one of the suspects shot the victim multiple times in the torso. The suspects fled the scene and are still outstanding. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. According to witnesses at the scene, the suspects appeared to be gang members.”
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.
UPDATED 4/2/15: Homicide detectives have released the identity of the victim as 41-year-old Luis Amela, however, coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter said he could not confirm the identity because the case is “still pending next of kin notification.”
UPDATED 4/3/15: Loved ones have created an online fundraiser to “help us raise money to give Louis Amela a proper funeral,” according to the GoFundMe page. Anyone donating funds will be invited to the funeral, and a memorial floral arrangement will be put up in honor. To donate, visit http://www.gofundme.com/louisamela.
Editor’s note 4/3/15: Sheriff’s detectives identified the victim as Luis Amela; the coroner has not formally identified the victim pending next of kin notification; and loved ones have identified him as Louis Amela.
PALMDALE – A man in his 40s was shot to death outside a Palmdale restaurant Tuesday night, authorities said.
The shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, near Sky Burgers on the 1800 block of East Palmdale Boulevard.
The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, said Deputy Kelvin Moody of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
The victim was a Caucasian man in his 40s, but his name is not yet being released pending next of kin notification, coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter said Wednesday morning.
A friend of the victim who asked not be named said the shooting involved an altercation over a bicycle, but homicide detectives have not yet confirmed this information or disclosed the events leading up to the shooting.
The victim was shot in the back and witnesses said the assailants fled the scene in a silver Dodge Neon, according to a Palmdale Station crime broadcast.
A description of the assailants was not immediately released.
The shooting remains under investigation, and no additional information was available Wednesday morning.