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Police launch investigation after man found shot to death in Apple Valley

UPDATE @ 8:24 pm – Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman confirmed the victim has died and the Specialized Investigations Divisions are conducting a death investigation into the shooting.

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. ( – A man suffering from a gunshot wound was rushed to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries Sunday afternoon.

At about 3:45 pm, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 24500 block of Thunderbird Road reference a male who had been shot.

According to scanner traffic, a man arrived at the location and found the victim with an apparent shot-gun wound. The man also reported that he could not see any weapons in proximity to the victim and that he had not seen any vehicles departing the area as he was arriving.

An air ambulance was requested to airlift the male victim who was unconscious and barely breathing. However, the request was later canceled and the victim was rushed to a local hospital while CPR was in progress.

Sheriff’s deputies on scene indicated that no weapons were found and they indicated that the incident appeared to be an Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

A sheriff’s helicopter responded to the scene and searched the surrounding desert for any possible suspects.

The story is developing and information will be updated as it becomes available.

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