UPDATE: Officials ID Perris couple killed in shootout with security guard outside Riverside nightclub
UPDATED: Monday, June 29, 12:30 p.m., With additional details and release of deceased subjects’ names.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Authorities say a Perris man and woman had been kicked out of a Riverside nightclub club and escorted to their vehicle minutes before the male opened fire on security guards as they stood outside the club early Monday morning, June 22
Although wounded, one of the guards returned fire; killing the both the gunman and his female passenger.
The deadly incident, which sent the injured security guard to the hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound, happened at El Calentano nightclub, on the 10300 block of Arlington Ave. He is expected to survive his injuries, according to officials.
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City of Riverside Police and Fire personnel were dispatched to the nightclub just after midnight, after the City of Riverside’s Public Safety Communications Center received several 911 calls reporting a shooting that had just occurred outside the club.
When officers arrived, they found one of the nightclub’s security guards suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg. He was treated by Riverside Fire Department paramedics and taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injury.
Officers also found a vehicle across the street that had crashed through the front door and wall of Arci’s La Michoacana Ice Cream.
A man and woman found inside the wrecked car had both sustained fatal gunshot wounds and paramedics pronounced them deceased at the scene.
Officials say a Perris couple had been kicked out of El Calentano nightclub club minutes before one of the pair opened fire on security guards. Although wounded, one of the guards returned fire; killing the pair. OnScene photo
Officials have since identified the gunman as 33-year-old, Luis Alberto Diaz Villalobos, and the passenger as 42-year-old, Siclali Suchilt Romo. Both were residents of Perris.
Based on the circumstances, detectives with Riverside PD’s Robbery – Homicide Unit, along with specialists from the department’s Forensics Unit, responded and assumed the investigation.
They were assisted by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office and Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office.
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During their subsequent investigation, officers learned Villalobos and Romo were inside the club when security asked them to leave, according to officials; who did not specify what led to the couple being ejected from the club.
“They were escorted to the parking lot and got into a vehicle,” RPD later said of the deadly shooting.
“The male suspect retrieved a firearm then drove to the front of the business and began firing at the security guards,” RPD continued; saying, “One guard was struck but was able to return gunfire and strike both the male suspect and female passenger.”
After the exchange of gunfire, the suspect’s vehicle accelerated out of the parking lot and continued across Arlington Ave., where it crashed into the front of Arci’s La Michoacana.
After being fatally shot, the car the Perris couple was in careened across Arlington Ave before crashing into the front of Arci’s La Michoacana Ice Cream.
The club owner later told reporters at the scene that there were about thirty people inside the club celebrating both the club’s post Covid-19 re-opening as well as Father’s Day when the shooting happened.
Citing the early nature of the investigation, officials have not said if the security guard who fatally shot the pair could be facing any charges related to the deadly incident.
RPD’s investigation is ongoing and anyone with further information is urged to contact Riverside Police Detective Adrian Tillett at (951) 353-7105 or by email, or Detective Bryon Adcox at (951) 353-7134 or by email. Callers can refer to incident file number 200016193 and can remain anonymous.
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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 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.