MORENO VALLEY: Officials investigating attempted murder after two shot outside bar

MORENO VALLEY — Officials are investigating an attempted murder that left two men hospitalized in critical condition early Sunday morning. The double shooting happened outside the Shark Bar at 24801 Sunnymead Blvd., between Indian St. and Perris Blvd., in Moreno Valley.

The business where the shooting occurred features a full bar with shark-themed drinks, half a dozen pool tables, and sports shown on 20 screens, as well as nightly entertainment and dancing and is located inside a small strip mall that features several other businesses.

The bar was the only business open when the incident happened and was getting ready to close when the shots rang out.


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Deputies assigned to Moreno Valley Police Department responded to multiple reports of a shooting shortly before 1:20 a.m., Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Mike Koehler explained after the incident.

When deputies arrived they found one person at the scene suffering from “multiple gunshot wounds,” said Koehler, who explained, “Officers immediately began rendering first aid until lifesaving efforts were assumed by medical professionals.”

Witnesses reported that the other person involved in the shooting was “in a moving vehicle fleeing the scene of the shooting,” explained Koehler. That person was later located at an area hospital after being driven there by acquaintances.

Both subjects were admitted with critical injuries. Neither has been publicly identified and citing their ongoing investigation, officials have not specified a known motive for the incident or what might have led to the shooting.

Based on the circumstances, Moreno Valley PD’s Special Enforcement Team responded to the scene and has assumed the ongoing investigation, according to the Sgt., who explained that due to the circumstances surrounding the shooting no further details will be released at this time.

Anyone with further information regarding this investigation or who witnessed the shooting and has not provided a statement is encouraged to contact Moreno Valley Police Investigator Baeza at (951) 486-6700. Callers can refer to incident file number MV181680027 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.


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Trevor Montgomery, 46, recently moved to Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations, including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle and Anza Valley Outlook, as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and The Mountain Echo in Shasta 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. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s 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 – soon to be 15 – grandchildren.

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