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Lancaster shooting leaves man dead; suspect barricaded [Updated]

March 23, 2012 |  6:42 pm

A man was shot to death during a robbery at a computer store in Lancaster on Friday afternoon and the suspected perpetrator remained at large, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

Deputies responded to a report of shots fired at Avenue K and 20th Street West, and a white male was found dead at the scene, said Sgt. Jill Deschamps of the Sheriff's Department's Lancaster station.

The shooting occurred in the parking lot of a Denny's restaurant, near the store the suspected shooter was robbing. No other details about the victim or suspect were available, Deschamps said.

Homicide detectives were dispatched to the crime scene and the station was awaiting further information on the killing, said Deschamps.

No suspects have been apprehended, she said.

[Updated, 11:10 p.m.:  Sheriff’s deputies and homicide detectives tracked the suspect to a location in the 43000 block of Grange Street in Lancaster about four hours after the shooting. A large deployment of the Special Enforcement Bureau -- the sheriff’s version of a SWAT team -- was engaged in an armed standoff with the suspect, said Deputy Peter Gomez.

He had no other details about any communication or exchanges with the barricaded suspect.

Homicide Lt. Matthew Burson said the robbery and shooting appeared to have been done by a single assailant; authorities believed that person is the individual surrounded at the Grange Street location.

The suspect was believed to have taken several computers from the store, but it was unclear whether the robbery netted any cash or other valuables, Burson said.]


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