LANCASTER – A man was shot and killed after a dispute in Lancaster Friday night, authorities said.
The victim, in his early 20s, was found in the 600 block of East Avenue H-14 at 10:38 p.m. with multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body, according to Lt. Victor Lewandowski of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Homicide Bureau. The victim, whose name has not yet been released, was pronounced dead at the scene.
“A preliminary information investigation shows that there was some sort of possible dispute between the victim and the suspect earlier in the evening,” Lewandowski said. “Apparently the suspect then returns to the location, confronts the victim and shoots him.”
Neighbors who were gathered at the scene Friday night said the dispute was over a dog, but Lewandowski said detectives were still trying to confirm the cause of the dispute.
Witnesses described the suspect as a black male in his early 20s, possibly driving a black pick-up truck, according to Lewandowski.
Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or text the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637.
UPDATE: VICTIM IDENTIFIED
The shooting victim was identified as Michael Davis, 22, whose place of residence was not listed, according to Coroner’s Lt. David Smith.
Davis apparently became upset and demanded money for veterinary care when the suspect struck and injured his dog, Lt. Victor Lewandowski of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau told the Los Angeles Times.
The suspect initially left the scene, but returned and shot Davis, Lewandowski told The Times.
The fate of the dog was unclear.