Authorities release one man, arrest another in Lancaster fatal shooting

Authorities have released one man and arrested another in connection with a fatal shooting in Lancaster on Friday night, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Rakym Thibodeaux, 29, was booked on suspicion of murder and is being held at the Lancaster station in lieu of $1 million bail, according to the department.

Lancaster deputies responded to reports of a shooting in the 1000 block of Nugent Street shortly after 11 p.m., authorities said. When deputies arrived, they found a man with a gunshot wound to his upper torso.


The victim, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene. A group of family and friends were gathered in the garage at the location, authorities said.

Authorities initially arrested a 34-year-old man who they said had argued with the victim and then shot him. Later, homicide detectives determined that the man was not the shooter and he was released, the department said.

“Further investigation revealed that a man at the gathering identifying himself as a witness may be the shooter,” the department stated.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Noon: This article was updated with the suspect’s identity.

This article was originally published at 10:35 a.m.