HEMET: Man shot near intersection, suspect being sought

HEMET — Officials are investigating after a man was shot near a Hemet intersection earlier this morning.

City of Hemet Police and Fire Departments along with other emergency first responders were dispatched to the the intersection of Kimball Avenue and Inez Street about 7:15 a.m., after receiving reports of shots fired in the area and at least one 911 call reporting a victim down with a gunshot wound.

When they arrived at the scene officials found a man who had been shot in the abdomen, according to witnesses at the scene. American Medical Response medics transported the victim to a local trauma center for further evaluation and treatment and his current condition is not known.

During their investigation officers cordoned off the intersection and searched the area for evidence related to the shooting.

As their investigation continued, officers learned that after the shooting the unidentified suspect fled south on Inez Street towards Acacia Avenue. The alleged shooter has not yet been identified and remains at large.

Although the cause of the shooting is unknown at this time, some witnesses reported hearing a possible argument just before the shooting.

Hemet PD’s investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this investigation or who witnessed the shooting is urged to immediately contact Hemet PD at (951) 765-2400. Callers can remain anonymous.

This is a developing story and more information will be added when available.

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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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