2 Arrested in Shooting Death of Man in Palmdale

Two people were arrested in connection with a deadly shooting in Palmdale, authorities said Sunday.

Palmdale residents Jessica Cortez, 24, and Alec Nelson, 28, were booked on suspicion of murder, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Homicide detectives responded to the 36500 block of Rozalee Drive to investigate the shooting death of a man shortly after 11 p.m. on Saturday, the agency said.

In an earlier news release, the Sheriff’s Department said two Hispanic men were involved in a physical altercation when a female “associate” of the two feared for one of the men’s safety.

“In order to defend him she fired one round at the victim, striking him in the lower torso,” the statement read.

The man was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the Sheriff’s Department. His name was not released.

The other two people involved in the incident were detained shortly after, authorities said. All three individuals were believed to be acquaintances.

Detectives said they recovered a semi-automatic handgun.

Cortez and Nelson were each being held on $2 million bail.

Investigators said they were not looking for anyone else in this case. The investigation was ongoing.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous could contact Crime Stoppers by dialing 800-222-8477.

KTLA’s Kristina Bravo contributed to this story.