The initial suspect in a fatal shooting of a man in Lancaster was released from jail after it was determined he was not the gunman and a new suspect has now been arrested, the sheriff’s department announced early Saturday afternoon.
The shooting took place at 11:10 p.m. Friday in the 1000 block of Nugent Street, according to Deputy Trina Schrader of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
Deputies had responded to the location in response to a “shots fired” call, according to Deputy Guillermina Saldana. When deputies arrived they found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound to his chest, Saldana said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, Schrader said. He was found in a garage, according to a photographer at the scene. His name was withheld pending notification of next of kin.
The suspected shooter was believed to still be at the scene and was taken into custody on Friday, according to Saldana. He was later identified as 34-year-old Terrell Scott of Palmdale. Scott was initially booked on suspicion of murder and was being held in lieu of $2 million bail, Saldana said.
However, late Saturday morning the sheriff’s department reported that further investigation revealed Scott was not the suspected shooter and he was released from custody, Saldana said.
Instead, sheriff’s detectives have now booked 29-year-old Rakym Thibodeaux on suspicion of murder, Saldana said. He was being held in lieu of $1 million bail. Thibodeaux had previously identified himself to deputies as a witness to the shooting, Saldana continued.
Prior to the shooting, a group of family and friends were in the garage at the location, Saldana said. An argument began between the victim and the gunman, witnesses told deputies. The gunman then pulled out a handgun and shot the victim.
The sheriff’s department has not released any information about what precipitated the argument.
Anyone with information on this shooting was asked to call the sheriff’s homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. All tips can be made anonymously.
—City News Service