PALMDALE, Calif. – Homicide detectives are continuing their investigation Friday into the shooting deaths of a middle-aged man and woman in Palmdale in a possible murder-suicide.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded to the 3100 block of Solmira Place at 5:36 p.m. Thursday to investigate the shooting. A white male between 55 and 60 years old suffered what appeared to be a self-inflicted wound to the upper body and a Hispanic woman, also between 55 and 60, was also shot in the upper body, the Sheriff’s Information Bureau said.
Paramedics from the Los Angels County Fire Department declared both victims dead at the scene.
A third victim was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound.
Sheriff’s officials would not confirm a report from a videographer at the scene that the third victim was a 16-year-old boy who was critically injured trying to protect his mother from her boyfriend, who reportedly fatally shot the woman before turning the gun on himself.
Anyone with information about the deaths was urged to contact the department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Callers who choose to remain anonymous may contact Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477, or lacrimestoppers.org.