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Man is identified in Palmdale shooting


Authorities have publicly identified a 35-year-old man who was fatally wounded in the parking lot of a Palmdale apartment complex.

The shooting was reported about 8:50 p.m. Sept. 19 in the 38000 block of Fifth Street East, according to Deputy Tracy Koerner of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Information Bureau.

Deputies responding to a call of shots fired found a man now identified as Garrett Newell, of Palmdale, 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.”

Newell lived at the apartment complex, the lieutenant said.

The gun used in the shooting was not recovered at the scene. No suspects had been arrested as of Monday, the LASD said.

Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to call detectives at (323) 890-5500 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).