HEMET: Officials investigating shooting incident near Hemet HS

HEMET — Authorities have released almost no information after a man was shot in a residential neighborhood just east of Hemet High School and south of Stetson Avenue. The Thursday evening, Oct. 5 shooting happened on the 41800 block of Jennifer Avenue at the intersection of Roger Street in an unincorporated area, east of Hemet.

After the shooting, Hemet Gang Task Force and other law enforcement officials conducted an extensive manhunt for the shooting suspect. As of Saturday evening, officials have not released if anyone had been questioned or arrested related to the shooting.

A sheriff’s deputy collects bloody evidence from the scene of Thursday night’s shooting. Robert Carter/Public Safety Incidents photo

Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Hemet Station responded to the area about 7:30 p.m., after receiving reports of a possible shooting.

When deputies arrived, they located a man who had been shot near the intersection of Jennifer Avenue and Roger Street.

Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire and American Medical Response medics responded to the scene to evaluate and treat the injured man before medics transported him to an area hospital.

Throughout the evening, sheriff’s officials were seen photographing, documenting and collecting evidence at the scene of the shooting.

Information from the community reporters at the scene indicated deputies were searching for a subject believed to be armed with a 9 mm handgun and possibly driving an older, multi-color, primer-painted, pickup truck. The vehicle had the words, “No Parking” painted on the tail gate of the truck.

It was not immediately known if the vehicle or person being sought for questioning had been located and interviewed by officials.

As of this report, officials have not yet released a statement regarding the shooting and have not provided an update regarding the extent or nature of the shooting victim’s injuries.

The investigation is active and ongoing.

Investigators have asked anyone with information on the shooting to call the Hemet Sheriff’s Station at (951) 791-3400 or Riverside County emergency dispatchers at (951) 776-1099. Callers can remain anonymous.

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Trevor Montgomery, who recently moved from Riverside County to Shasta County, runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, The Valley Chronicle and Anza Valley Outlook as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 27 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 14 grandchildren.

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