UPDATE: Two men shot in Lake Elsinore suffer “life-threatening injuries”

UPDATED: Saturday, Dec. 15, 3:30 p.m.

See original story and photos below.

LAKE ELSINORE — Sheriff’s officials investigating this morning’s shooting of two men have released additional details and information about the shooting, which they say left two victims with “life-threatening injuries.” The double shooting happened at Lakefront Plaza on the 31000 block of Riverside Dr., between Lincoln and Joy streets.


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Forensic technicians spent much of this morning at the scene of today’s double shooting. Nathan Wilking/RVC News photo

“Both victims, residents of Lake Elsinore, were treated on scene and transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries,” Riverside Sheriff’s Deputy Robyn Flores later explained.

The identities of the victims will not be released at this time, according to Flores, who did not provide any information about what may have led to the violent incident.

Detectives have assumed the investigation and have not yet identified the suspect or suspects responsible for the shooting.

Anyone with information about this investigation or who witnessed the shooting and has not yet provided a statement is encouraged to immediately contact Riverside Sheriff’s Investigator Klemp at (951) 245-3300. Callers can remain anonymous.

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


Original Story: Two reportedly shot in Lake Elsinore

LAKE ELSINORE — Sheriff’s officials have not yet released any information after two people were shot in a Lake Elsinore parking lot, early Saturday morning, Dec. 15. The shooting happened at Lakefront Plaza, on the 31000 block of Riverside Dr., between Lincoln and Joy streets.

Officials rushed to the scene of this morning’s double shooting in Lake Elsinore that left two men with life-threatening injuries. Nathan Wilking/RVC News photo

Deputies assigned to Lake Elsinore Police Station and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the plaza’s parking lot around 2:20 a.m., after receiving reports of the early morning shooting.

Sources indicate that when the first deputies arrived they found two people, possibly men, suffering from gunshot wounds. The alleged suspect(s) had already fled the area before deputies arrived and were no longer at the scene.

Officials cordoned off much of the plaza’s parking lot, blocking a number of businesses, including Circle K, Pizza Bowl, at least two churches, and other fast food restaurants and businesses.

Sources from the scene later said American Medical Response transported both victims to Inland Valley Medical Center. However, the full nature and extent of the victims’ injuries was not known.

As of this report, investigators, forensic service members, and other officials, remain at the scene of the shooting and have provided no information or updates regarding their investigation, which was still continuing at the location as the sun rose several hours later.

A request sent to Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for more information related to this incident had not been responded to as of this report.

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

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Trevor Montgomery, 47, 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 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 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 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.