RIVERSIDE: Two arrested for weekend killing of two, wounding of two others

RIVERSIDE – Riverside Police Robbery/Homicide detectives arrested two men, charged with shooting four different men in two separate fatal incidents. The two early morning shootings occurred just one day apart Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26. Two of the four men who were shot died from their injuries.

Following investigative leads, detectives located Victor Gastelum and Jacob Gamboa III later Sunday and the two men were arrested Monday, June 27. Both Gastelum and Gamboa are 29-year-old residents of Riverside.

In addition to numerous other charges, both men were charged with murder and two counts of attempted murder related to Saturday’s shooting. Additionally, Gamboa was charged with a second count of murder related to Sunday’s fatal shooting. In all, the two men were charged with 23 felonies.

The first shooting of three men occurred Saturday at 12:43 a.m. Riverside Police officers responded to the USA Gas station, at 3950 Tyler Avenue, after receiving a 911 call regarding multiple gunshots being heard in the area. When officers arrived, they located three shooting victims.

13512086_10154399844911037_4197076814925202978_nTerrance Rodgers, 39, of Riverside, was fatally wounded in the shooting. When officers found him, he had already succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other men were also shot but both survived. Paramedics treated the two shooting victims at the gas station before they were transported to a local hospital. Both men have been listed in stable condition.

The following day, Sunday, June 26, at 2:31 a.m., Riverside Police officers responded to the 10300 Block of Stover Avenue regarding a shooting outside of a residence. When officers arrived at the location they found Anthony Daniel Razo, 28, of Riverside, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Paramedics treated Razo at the scene before transporting him to Riverside Community Hospital. Razo later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead by hospital staff at about 5:45 a.m.

Based on their investigation, detectives were able to identify Gastelum and Gamboa as the suspects allegedly responsible for Saturday’s shooting of the three men at the USA Gas station. Detectives identified Gamboa as the sole shooter of Razo.

On Sunday, June 26, homicide detectives and the department’s METRO (SWAT) Team located Gastelum and Gamboa. Both suspects were detained and taken to the Riverside Police Station for further questioning.

13516396_10154399845301037_7810877252940715568_nAt the conclusion of their investigation, detectives arrested both men the following day, Monday, June 27, at about 6 a.m., according to booking records. The two alleged suspects were arrested at the police station on Magnolia Avenue. Both men were later booked into the Robert Presley detention Center in Riverside.

A jail record search revealed Gamboa was booked on suspicion of two counts of multiple murders, two counts of murder with malice, two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of attempted murder with malice, attempted murder, discharging a firearm, conspiracy to commit a felony, two prior state prison enhancements and violation of parole.

Gastelum was booked on suspicion of murder, murder with malice, two counts of attempted murder with malice, two counts of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit a felony, a prior state prison enhancement and revocation of probation.

Both Gamboa and Gastelum are being held without bail and both men were scheduled to be arraigned at the Riverside Hall of Justice, June 29.

The Riverside Police Department is asking for the public’s help and has encouraged anyone with information about either of these two incidents to contact Detective Jim Brandt at (951) 353-7137, Detective Mike Medici at (951) 353-7104, Detective Rick Wheeler at (951) 353-7134 or Detective Adrian Tillett at (951) 353-7105. Callers can refer to incident file numbers P16-113529 and P16-114246 and can remain anonymous.


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