Two men fatally shot at MV’s Sunnymead Park

MORENO VALLEY — Officials are investigating a double homicide after two men were fatally shot at Moreno Valley Sunnymead Park late Friday night, Aug. 17. The park where the deadly incident happened is located at 12655 Perris Blvd., between Fir Ave. and Sunnymead Blvd., just south of Stater Bros Market.

Investigators are now working to identify, locate, and interview two men who were seen running from the area in the moments after the deadly shooting. One person also later reported seeing a vehicle flee the area at a high rate of speed, but it was not immediately known if the vehicle was related to the homicides or if investigators had located that vehicle.

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Deputies assigned to the Moreno Valley Police Station were dispatched to the park about 11:39 p.m., after emergency dispatchers received numerous reports of an assault with a deadly weapon and shots fired, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Walter Mendez.

Paramedics rushed two gunshot victims to a hospital after a shooting at Sunnymead Park. Both men later died from their injuries. Mike Lange/Loudlabs News photo

911 callers reported hearing multiple gunshots and seeing two Black men running east across Perris Blvd. after the shooting.

Deputies flooded into the area and found two men near the north end of the park, behind the rear of Stater Brothers Market. Both men were suffering from gunshot injuries.

While some deputies began searching the area for the two fleeing men, others remained at the scene and began investigating the fatal shooting.

Emergency medical personnel were summoned and both subjects were rushed to Riverside University Health System hospital in grave condition. Despite medical intervention both men succumbed to their injuries and were pronounced deceased by hospital staff, according to Mendez.

Officials later identified 41-year-old, Moreno Valley resident, Tyrone Brown, as one of the two victims killed in the shooting. Officials have not publicly named the second man, pending notification of the victim’s family.

Based on the circumstances, Moreno Valley PD and Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit investigators responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. Officials remained at the scene into the next morning conducting their initial on-scene investigation.

Technicians from the department’s Forensic Services Unit and other officials were later seen documenting, photographing, and collecting various items from the crime scene.

Officials investigating the double murder later collected surveillance footage from the nearby market, and are reviewing the footage to learn more about the shooting.

“This is an active investigation and no further information is available at this time,” said Mendez.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Investigator Chris Barajas of the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit at (760) 393-3522. Callers can refer to incident file number MV182290431 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s Homicide Tipline online form.

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Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 47, recently moved to the Intermountain area of 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 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 14 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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