Park shooting victim dead after 4th violent incident to hit Perris area in 10 days

SEE RELATED UPDATE: Suspected Paragon Park shooter apprehended

PERRIS — Southwest Riverside County residents are reeling after deadly violence once again erupted in the Perris area early yesterday evening, Wednesday, Feb. 12. According to Sheriff’s officials, one person was killed after last night’s shooting, which happened at Paragon Park at 264 Spectacular Bid St.


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Last night’s fatal shooting was at least the fourth violent incident to end in death or serious injury in the Perris area over the last ten days. Although three of the earlier incidents happened in Perris and the other happened in neighboring Menifee, all four locations are within a seven mile radius and all fall within areas patrolled by the Perris Sheriff’s Station.

The other three violent incidents include the deadly shooting of a Temecula man at a gas station on the 200 block of E. 4th St. on Sunday, Feb. 2; an assault that left one man dead and another injured at Menifee’s Eller Park – which is located just outside Perris city limits – one week later on Sunday, Feb. 9; and another that left three men with gunshot wounds in a residential neighborhood on the 1500 block of Ashbury Way on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

Officials have not yet stated what led to any of the violent incidents or if any are related.


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Deputies were dispatched to the most recent shooting around 6:11 p.m., according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Tweet.

When deputies arrived they found a person who had been fatally shot. The victim, who has not yet been publicly identified, died at the scene of last night’s shooting, according to the department’s Tweet.

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No arrests have been made in any of the violent incidents and the sheriff’s investigations are all active and ongoing.

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

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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 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 16 grandchildren.