Olukayode A. Owolabi, 27
Olukayode A. "Kayode" Owolabi, a 27-year-old black male, was fatally shot on Wednesday, Jan. 16, on Rancho Center Drive at City Ranch Road, about a half-mile south of Elizabeth Lake Road in Palmdale, according to Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators.
Owolabi, a former New York resident who most recently was living in the South Bay community of Westchester, was one of four men shot on the remote, unlighted road around 11 p.m.
Three of the men, including Owolabi, were pronounced dead at the scene, said sheriff's Lt. Derrick Alfred. A fourth man called 911 to report he had been shot in the face. The survivor was taken to a Palmdale hospital that night, and later transferred to an undisclosed location for more "specialized medical care," Alfred said Tuesday.
The other dead were listed as Sean B. Cowen, a 24-year-old white male from Van Nuys, and David Adalberto Hernandez-Licona, a 25-year-old Latino from Boyle Heights, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Owolabi was pronounced dead at the scene, according to coroner's records.
The survivor, identified only as male, has out-of-state identification and family, Alfred said. Investigators have not released any other information about the man except to say he is in intensive care but expected to recover.
Investigators are still trying to determine a motive for the shooting, Alfred said, and are not releasing any more details.
One resident in the remote area reported hearing about 20 gunshots around 11 p.m. on Jan. 16, and then a single shot 10 minutes later, The Times reported. He said the rounds sounded like semiautomatic gunfire.
Alfred said investigators aren't releasing any information about the spent rounds found at the shooting site. No guns were found at the scene.
The victims were in the front seats of two cars, and were shot where they sat, according to Alfred. He described the cars as a Toyota Camry sedan and an Audi SUV.
Owolabi was a jewelry and fashion designer who started a company called Kayode Co. Jewelry, according to a fundraising page set up to help his family fly his body back to New York and pay for his funeral.
According to the text on the fundraising page, Owolabi "had a passion for fashion and design, which led him to create his own company called Kayode Co. He was a visionary, a creative soul, and most importantly, he was an inspiration to us all."
Owolabi "was a family-oriented man," according to the site. "Before his unexpected departure, he wanted to open up a restaurant with his mother. This is a dream he had due to his close relationship with her. He was one of a kind, who had the type of energy that people gravitated towards."
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.