UPDATE: Christmas eve shooting in MV leaves one injured, one dead
UPDATED: Wednesday, Dec. 26, 12:30 p.m., With additional details.
MORENO VALLEY — Sheriff’s Central Homicide investigators are asking for the public’s help after two people were shot outside a Moreno Valley business, Christmas eve, Dec. 24. One of the two victims later died from their injuries, according to officials.
The deadly shooting happened early Monday evening outside the Rio Rancho Supermall at 25211 Sunnymead Blvd., southeast of Sunnymead and Perris boulevards
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Deputies assigned to Moreno Valley Police Department were dispatched to the business about 5:23 p.m., after receiving a “shots fired call,” Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Walter Mendez later explained as the homicide investigation was getting underway.
“Officers arrived on scene within minutes and found evidence of a shooting,” Mendez explained. “A few minutes later, officers were informed that two victims had been transported to a local area hospital suffering from gunshot wounds.”
One of the two victims, identified by Mendez as Noe Reyes, age 25, of Moreno Valley, later died at Moreno Valley’s Riverside University Health System as a result of the injuries he sustained during the shooting. A Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s release indicated Noe died about 40 minutes after the shooting, and he was pronounced deceased at 6:03 p.m.
Based on the circumstances, Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit and Moreno Valley PD investigators assumed the investigation.
Witnesses later reported seeing “several adult males running from the area after the shooting,” according to Mendez, and investigators are now seeking to gather information about those seen running from the area.
“Noe meant so much to so many people and he was taken to soon,” the victim’s family said in a GoFundMe account established to help with funeral and other expenses.
Anyone with information regarding this incident and investigation is encouraged to contact Investigator Moody of the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777. Callers can refer to incident file number MV183580220 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s Homicide Tipline online form.
This is a developing story that will be updated as new information is available.
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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 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.