LANCASTER – Two brothers were wounded, one fatally, during a shooting that involved at least two gunmen at a home in Lancaster early Sunday morning, authorities said.
The shooting was reported at 2:29 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, and occurred in the 400 block of West Avenue J-12, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Information Bureau.
Deputies responding to the location regarding an assault and gunshot victim call found two men suffering from gunshot wounds at the residence.
The first victim, a 26-year-old man, had been shot in the upper body and was rushed to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His name has not yet been released. He was shot by a man in his 20s just outside the residence, officials said.
The second victim, a 22-year-old man, was located inside the residence and suffered a non-life-threatening injury. He was believed to have been shot by another suspect who was also a man in his 20s.
The victims were brothers and both suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction, authorities said. A motive for the shootings were not immediately known.
Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau detectives are encouraging anyone with information regarding the shootings to call them at 323-890-5500 or Crime Stoppers at 800- 222-8477.
UPDATE: The deceased has been identified as 26-year-old Ismael Zabala.