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JAMES QUIGG, DAILY PRESS
San Bernardino County Sheriff's investigators leave a scene Friday morning in Apple Valley where a man was found dead, with several gunshot wounds. Neighbors heard several gunshots fired at approximately 10:30PM Thursday, and the man was found shortly after.

Man shot to death in Apple Valley

Neighbors say victim as a 'scary man'

APPLE VALLEY • Homicide detectives were investigating the death of a man shot late Thursday night.

Sgt. Jon Billings of the San Bernardino County sheriff’s homicide detail said that deputies from the Apple Valley Station responded to numerous calls of shots fired in the area of Mohawk and Ottawa roads at about 10:45 p.m.

When deputies arrived they found an unresponsive man with gunshot wounds laying in the 13000 block of Mohawk Road, Billings said. Apple Valley Fire Protection District officials tried to save the man, but pronounced him dead at the scene.

The man’s body was still in the street at 11:30 a.m. Friday, while homicide investigators looked for clues. The victim appeared to be a black or Hispanic man in his 20’s, Billings said.

Multiple residents in the neighborhood described the victim as a “scary man,” a “gangbanger covered in tattoos” and “threatening.”

Neighbor Christine Jones said that she had just gotten home and was working on some papers when she heard at least five gunshots.

Jones said the man was a neighbor with whom she said she “had problems with.” The man had once threatened to shoot her dog when it recently got loose, she said.

Another neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous because she was concerned for her safety, said that she had moved to her home on Mohawk a week ago. She said she already wants to move.

“This is awful,” she said through her barely opened door. “I haven’t even come outside to see what’s going on.”

Traci Dorman, another neighbor, said that she heard five or six gunshots and soon saw red and blue lights of emergency vehicles.

“They were here almost before we could look out the window to see what was going on,” Dorman said. “They were here almost immediately.”

Investigators were trying to identify the victim and notify next of kin, according to a sheriff’s news release.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact Homicide Detective Joe Janowicz at 909-387-3589. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call We-Tip at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or visit www.WeTip.com to leave information.

— Staff Writer Sarah Batcha contributed to this report.

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