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Man Fatally Shot Outside Hookah Lounge



A man was killed on March 20th outside the Xhale Hookah Lounge in Hesperia. (Gabriel D. Espinoza)

HESPERIA, CALIF ( Deputies are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred outside a busy Hesperia hookah lounge early Sunday morning.

Deputies received a call that as many as 5 gunshots were heard near the 11000 block of Hesperia Road outside the Xhale Hookah Lounge just after 12 A.M.

Upon arriving, deputies located a male in the passenger seat of a light-colored Toyota Corolla. The male subject was pronounced deceased on scene as a result of a gunshot wound to the head.

The Corolla was parked on a dirt lot that was used as spill-over parking since the paved parking lot was full to capacity with other cars.

Deputies began interviewing the crowd inside and outside the hookah lounge seeking as much information as possible. Information describing the possible suspect was not readily available.

Hesperia Road was closed between Eucalyptus Street and Mesa Street and is expected to remain closed until late Sunday afternoon as detectives process the crime scene.

The patrons of the hookah lounge were required to leave their cars in the same position as it was part of the investigation. The crowd was released around 5 a.m. Sunday morning after being interviewed.

This is the second shooting to occur outside the same establishment; On March 21st of 2015, almost exactly a year ago, two people were left injured after shots rang out in the parking lot.

More information will be published as it becomes available and the identity of the deceased victim will be released pending notification of next of kin.

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