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One Man Dead and Another Facing Murder Charges After Helendale Shooting

Man shot and killed at Helendale liquor store.
Man shot and killed at Helendale liquor store.
(photo by: Ellis Reno)

HELENDALE-(VVNG.COM):  On Tuesday morning, Helendale residents were shocked to find out about the shooting murder of a man who many in the community knew and respected. The shooting occurred outside of the Lakeside Market located in on 26000 block of Blue Water Road.

Now that the identity of both men has been released, residents must move one knowing that deceased man, identified as 43-year-old Ronnie Sengal has left behind his also well-respected wife. “This Man was one of the sweetest men you could ever meet. He would never hurt a fly. Just a kind and gentle man. He would do anything in the world for anyone and so would his beautiful wife,” said A.J. Foran.

The man who shot him during a dispute, identified as 37-year-old Brandon Todd also was well-liked by much of the community, making the incident additionally shocking for the small community. “A tragic shame for both parties, no one wins in this situation. I hope my community will grow stronger from this horrible sad loss and my neighbors will grow to be better to each other,” said Daniel Wright.

Victor Valley Sheriff’s Spokeswoman Staci Parks told Victor Valley News Tuesday afternoon, “The case is now being handled by the Homicide Division since the man died as a result of his injuries.”

Medical responders on scene requested an airship to transport Sengal, but it was later cancelled and he was transported by ground to Victor Valley Global Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries just before 12:00 p.m.

Homicide Detail responded to the location and proceeded to conduct a homicide investigation. Todd was identified as the person responsible for the shooting. Todd was booked into the High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto for murder charges and is being held without bail.

Todd is due in court on Thursday, January 14th for an arraignment hearing at the Victorville Superior Court.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Detective Brendan Motley or Sergeant Greg Myler of the Specialized Investigations Division, Homicide Detail at (909) 387-3589 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (909) 387-8313. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or the We-Tip website at

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