LANCASTER – Operation Safe Streets detectives are asking for the public’s assistance with any information regarding a March 27 shooting and a May 8 gang-related attempted murder with car, both in Lancaster.
No one was hit in the shooting, which was reported around 10:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, in the 500 Block of East Lancaster Boulevard, according to Deputy Joshua Stamsek of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
Responding deputies found nine bullet casings on the ground, and witnesses told deputies the gunman had been standing in the middle of a parking lot, Stamsek said.
“The suspect pointed a chrome handgun into the air and fired approximately 10 shots,” Stamsek said. “Witnesses stated it appeared the suspect was either shooting at an apartment complex or a vehicle.”
Stamsek said the suspect was described as a black male wearing a teal blue shirt, blue jeans and a hat. The suspect fled in an unknown vehicle, Stamsek added.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact OSS Detective Welle at 661-948-8466.
Victim allegedly chased, hit by car
Three people have been arrested and charged in an alleged attempted murder with car, but detectives are still appealing to the public for more information regarding the May 8 incident.
Westly Deaguero, 19, Anthony Madrid, 20, and a 17-year-old male (whose name has not been released because he is a juvenile) are accused of trying to kill a 20-year-old man from a rival tagging crew, according to Stamsek.
Stamsek said deputies responded to a call around 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 8, regarding a traffic collision on Cedar Avenue near Avenue J in Lancaster. Several witnesses said a victim was chased and then hit with a blue sedan, according to Stamsek.
“Deputies were able to locate the victim who had fled the scene where the collision occurred due to being in fear for his life,” Stamsek said. “Deputies later learned the victim was no stranger to the suspects; it is believed they are from rival tagging crews (gangs) from the Lancaster area.”
Deaguero and Madrid were arrested May 21 after detectives from both Lancaster and Palmdale Operation Safe Streets (OSS) Units, assisted by the LAN-CAP Unit, executed search warrants in the 44600 block of Date Avenue and the 1100 Block of West Avenue J14, according to Stamsek.
The 17-year-old male was later arrested, and “all three were booked and later charged with attempt murder with gang allegations,” Stamsek stated.
Deaguero and Madrid are each being held on more than $2 million bail, according to LASD inmate records. They are due in court June 5 for hearing to determine if there is enough evidence against them for a trial.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Lancaster OSS Unit at 661-940-3872.