Triple shooting leaves one dead in Moreno Valley

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. — Authorities say at least three people were shot, including one man who died at the scene of a Moreno Valley shooting Wednesday evening, Sept. 23. The deadly shooting, which injured two others, happened at the La Pacifica Apartments in the 23000 block of Hemlock Ave.


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Deputies from the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to the scene at 8:28 p.m., after receiving reports of a man who had been shot, Riverside Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit Sgt. Rick Espinoza later said of the deadly incident.

“Upon arrival they located multiple people suffering from gunshot wounds,” Espinoza said; adding, “One of those people, died at the scene as a result of his injuries.”

Deputies search for evidence after a shooting that killed a man and injured two other people in Moreno Valley Wednesday evening. RVC News photo

“Two other victims were transported to a local hospital where they were treated for their injuries,” Espinoza continued; while not mentioning the ages of the two victims.

The victim who passed away at the scene has been identified as Henry Ballew, 21, of Moreno Valley.

Moreno Valley Station and Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit investigators responded to the scene with a mobile command center and assumed the investigation, which lasted throughout the evening and into the next morning.

Officials did not mention any arrests or suspect information, saying, “This is an active investigation and no additional details are currently available.”


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Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to immediately contact Central Homicide Investigator Munoz at (951) 235-9833 or (760) 770-2452. Callers can refer to incident file number MV202670423 and can remain anonymous.

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Trevor Montgomery, 49, 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 30 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 18 grandchildren.


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