PALMDALE – A man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after another man was shot during an argument outside the Antelope Valley Mall Wednesday evening, authorities said.
The shooting happened around 5:55 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the 1200 block of West Rancho Vista Boulevard, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
Responding deputies found the victim suffering from gunshot wounds.
Multiple witnesses said the victim was arguing with a man who pulled out a gun and shot him. The gunman then fled the scene, according to the sheriff’s department.
The victim was transported to a hospital and listed in stable condition, according to the sheriff’s department.
The suspect’s description and his vehicle description were distributed to other sheriff’s stations. Deputies from Lancaster later located the suspect and placed him under arrest in the Stater Brother’s grocery store parking lot in the 2800 block of West Avenue L, according to the sheriff’s department.
The man was booked on suspicion of attempted murder and was being held in lieu of $1 million in bail, according to the department. His name was not immediately released by authorities.
Witnesses at the scene claimed the argument that triggered the shooting was apparently over two females. A witness who did not want to be identified said he was sitting in front of the mall when three young men and two young women walked up. Then an older man drove by and called out to the women, the witness said, prompting the trio to approach the older man’s car. The older man stepped out of his vehicle and argued with the group before getting back into his car and driving away, according to the witness. But the man came back, triggering another argument, the witness said. The man reached into his car, grabbed a gun, shot one of the men twice and drove off again, the witness claimed.
The witness’s account could not be confirmed with the sheriff’s department.