2 Men Booked in Palmdale Shooting That Left Teen Girl in ‘Extremely’ Critical Condition

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Sheriff's deputies were investigating a drive-by shooting in Palmdale that wounded a teenage girl. (Credit: DONLUISMEZA)

Two men have been booked on attempted murder charges in connection with a Palmdale shooting that left a teenage girl in “extremely” critical condition, authorities said Saturday.

Jaime Espinoza, 20, and Fernando Albarran, 21, residents of Palmdale, were being held in lieu of $500,000 bail, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. A third person who had been detained in the incident was released pending further investigation, the statement said.

The car-to-car shooting, which detectives believe to be gang-related, happened about 12:02 p.m. Friday near the intersection of 17th Street East and Avenue R (map), the Sheriff’s Department said.

An occupant of one vehicle opened fire into another vehicle, striking at least two occupants, one of whom was a teenage girl in the front passenger seat, according to authorities.

The victims continued driving until they reached the 37800 block of Melton Avenue (map), about half a mile away, investigators said.

The wounded girl, whose name was not released, was transported to a hospital. The condition of any other victims was unknown.

Hours after the shooting, a vehicle believed to be involved in the incident was stopped by deputies in the area of Palmdale Boulevard and 10th Street East, and its three occupants were taken into custody, sheriff’s officials said.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous may do so by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting lacrimestoppers.org.