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Charges Dropped in Shooting Incident

Posted: February 25, 2008 4:50 p.m.
Updated: April 25, 2008 5:02 a.m.
An 18-year-old Canyon Country man is free after being arrested earlier this week in connection with a January shooting.

Nathaniel Pilkinton was released from sheriff's custody Thursday and a felony charge of attempted murder was dropped due to insufficient evidence, said Detective Dan Finn of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

Pilkinton was arrested Tuesday at a local military recruiting office, and was being held at the Sheriff's Station in lieu of $500,000 bail.

On Jan. 8, three men in a dark-colored Ford Mustang reportedly approached a group of three Hispanic men on Lone Rock Street near Whites Canyon Road and exchanged words with them.

When one of the men in the street walked toward the car, a passenger in the vehicle allegedly fired at least one shot from a small-caliber handgun, striking the 19-year-old victim in the upper torso.

Daniel Gonzalez, 20, of Alpine, and Pablo Blanco, 19, of Canyon Country were arrested last week and are still in custody.


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