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Courthouse dispute leads to gas station shooting


Deputies assaulted at AV Hospital

A courthouse dispute between families in Lancaster led to a shooting at a nearby gas station this week and a scuffle involving a large crowd and sheriff's deputies outside Antelope Valley Medical Center.

According to the Lancaster Sheriff's Station, a disagreement between families at the Antelope Valley Courthouse around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday escalated to shots being fired at a gas station near Sierra Highway and Avenue M.

Sheriff's officials did not say if anyone was injured. However, KeyNewsTV reported from the scene that two women were taken to the Antelope Valley Medical Center emergency room with one shot in the face and another shot in the leg.

Sheriff's officials said the people involved in the altercation and shooting then drove to the hospital in the 1600 block of West Avenue J, where a large crowd eventually gathered, prompting a response from sheriff's deputies.

“Persons within the group became unruly and began yelling at deputies,'' according to the sheriff's department. “The yelling escalated to a physical assault on deputy personnel.''

An unknown number of people, including some deputies, suffered minor injuries during the altercation, but all were treated and released, according to the sheriff's department.

It was unclear if any individuals were arrested.