One dead after shooting at Hemet motel

HEMET — Authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a man at Hemet’s Travelodge early this morning, Saturday, Oct. 5. Despite life-saving efforts, the man, reportedly a Hemet resident, died at the scene of the shooting.


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City of Hemet Police and Fire Departments along with AMR medics responded to the Travelodge motel on the 2600 block of W. Florida Ave. around 12:45 a.m., after receiving reports of a shooting at the location.

When officers and medical personnel arrived at the scene they found a Black male adult on the second floor balcony of the motel. Witnesses at the scene later reported the victim had been shot multiple times by a man who then fled the area on foot.

Officers and medical personnel were seen attempting CPR and other life-saving measures after a man was shot at the Hemet Travelodge on Florida Ave. Hemet News photo

Despite CPR and other life-saving measures, the victim passed away and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Radio traffic at the time indicated officers were searching for a possible suspect, described as a light-skinned Black male, approximately 6’0″, wearing black pants and a red hoodie with a black shirt underneath.

The alleged shooter was last seen running on Florida Ave. and the southbound from the area on foot.

While officers were seen canvassing the nearby motel rooms and businesses, a sheriff’s helicopter assisted in searching for the suspect from overhead.

Despite their efforts, the suspect was not immediately located or identified.

Sources at the scene later reported police officers were searching area businesses for potential security videos that may have provided details and information about the shooting and alleged suspect.

Witnesses told investigating officers that the deadly incident may have begun as a verbal argument at Gibbel Park, across the street from the motel, and that the victim was then possibly followed to his motel room where he was shot and killed.

Distraught family members at the scene declined to be interviewed.

Despite canvassing the area and searching for a man who reportedly shot and killed another man at Hemet’s Travelodge, officers were not able to immediately locate or identify the shooter. Hemet News photo

Hemet PD’s investigation is ongoing and officials have not released any details or information about their active and ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information about this investigation or who witnessed the deadly shooting or what may have led to it and have not yet provided a statement to officials is encouraged to immediately contact Hemet PD at (951) 765-2400. Callers can remain anonymous.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information is available.

Eddie George/Hemet News photos above

Mario Sevilla/Hemet News photos above

Eddie George/Hemet News video

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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and 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 29 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.


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