LANCASTER ( – An argument escalated into a shooting that left a man dead Friday night in a Lancaster garage.

A man arrested at the scene on murder charges was later released. A second suspect was taken in custody Saturday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reports.

Deputies responded to a shots fired call in the 1000 block of Nugent Street at 11:10 p.m. to find a man in a garage with a gunshot wound to his chest, the sheriff’s department said. The man died at the scene.

A group of family and friends were in the garage when an argument broke out between the victim and gunman, LASD reports. Witnesses told deputies the suspect then pulled out a gun and shot the victim. It was not clear what exactly precipitated the argument.

Terrell Scott, 34, of Palmdale, was initially arrested at the scene and booked on suspicion of murder. On Saturday, however, the sheriff’s department reported that investigators determined Scott did not commit the shooting and he was released from custody.

Detectives then tabbed 29-year-old Rakym Thibodeaux as a suspect. Thibodeaux had initially identified himself as a witness to the shooting, LASD said. He was detained Saturday and booked at the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station on suspicion of murder. He is being held on $1 million bail.

The victim’s name was not immediately released. Anyone with information on this shooting was asked to call the LASD Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.



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