PALMDALE (CNS) - A man was fatally wounded in the parking lot of a Palmdale apartment complex and two juvenile males were seen running away, authorities said today.
The shooting was reported about 8:50 p.m. Sunday in the 38000 block of Fifth Street East, according to Deputy Tracy Koerner of the Sheriff's Information Bureau.
Deputies responding to a call of shots fired found the man believed in his 30s down in the parking lot, sheriff's homicide Lt. Derrick Alfred told a news videographer at the scene.
“Firefighters and paramedics responded and transported him to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased,'' Alfred said.
There were reports two male juveniles were seen running away at the time of the shooting, he said.
“We know the victim appeared to have left a local fast food place,'' he said. “He actually exited his vehicle prior to parking.''
The victim lived at the apartment complex, the lieutenant said.
Detectives were investigating whether the victim witnessed the juveniles breaking into vehicles or whether robbery was the motive for the shooting, Alfred said.
The gun used in the shooting was not recovered at the scene.
Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to call detectives at 323-890-5500 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).
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