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Thomas Roland Gray Jr., 29

Thomas Roland Gray Jr., a 29-year-old black man, died Saturday, June 18, two days after he was shot in the 1600 block of Cactus Drive in Lancaster, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Gray, a resident of Palmdale, was visiting a friend at his apartment on Thursday, June 16, when someone knocked at the door about 10 p.m., said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Rosson. 

When the friend answered the door, he told investigators he was hit over the head and remembered hearing a gunshot before he passed out, Rosson said. 

When the friend came to, he discovered Gray had been shot and nearly $2,000 in cash and other items were gone from the apartment, Rosson said.

Gray and his friend were taken to a nearby hospital. Gray had been shot multiple times in the upper torso, Rosson said. He was pronounced dead two days later at 4:17 p.m., according to coroner’s records. 

His friend was treated for a deep cut in the back of his head and released, Rosson said. 

Investigators have little information about the attackers, who were described only as black men. Other residents in the apartment complex reported hearing gunfire, but investigators don't know whether a vehicle was involved in the robbery or if the suspects fled on foot.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.  

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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