UPDATE: Officials seek help locating vehicle after deadly 2020 Moreno Valley shooting

UPDATED: Thursday, Feb. 17, 10:30 a.m.

Originally Published: Sept. 26, 2021, 1:12 p.m.

See Original Story below.

MORENO VALLEY, Calif., — Authorities investigating a 2020 triple shooting that left a man dead in Moreno Valley have released new information regarding a vehicle now being sought in their ongoing years-long murder investigation.

The deadly shooting, which injured two others, happened at the La Pacifica Apartments in the 23000 block of Hemlock Avenue on Sept. 24.


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Deputies from the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station began investigating the deadly shooting after responding to the apartment complex, where they found three victims who had been shot.

“One of those people died at the scene as a result of his injuries,” Riverside Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit Sergeant Rick Espinoza said at the time of the fatal shooting.

The victim who died was later identified as Henry Ballew, 21, of Moreno Valley.

Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit investigators have asked for the public’s help identifying and locating the owner of a vehicle that was spotted leaving the scene of a deadly shooting last September. Riverside County Sheriff’s Department photos

Members of the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit ultimately assumed the investigation and over the course of the last several months continued developing leads and gathering information that led them to identifying a possible suspect vehicle, which was spotted at the intersection of Graham Street and Ironwood Avenue on the evening of the murder.

Despite the new evidence and many months spent investigating the shooting, CHU investigators have not yet been able to locate the vehicle or identify anyone who may have been driving or in the sedan when the shooting occurred, leading officials to issue a social media release yesterday requesting help identifying the owner of the vehicle and locating the car.

The Sheriff’s investigation is active and ongoing, and anyone who may have any information regarding the pictured vehicle is urged to immediately contact Central Homicide Investigator Armando Munoz at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department (760) 770-2452 or (951) 235-9833. Callers can refer to incident file number MV202670423 and can remain anonymous.

Original Story: 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.