Five shot near Lake Mathews – Two dead, two critical

LAKE MATHEWS, Calif. — Authorities today are continuing to investigate a shooting in the Lake Mathews area that left two people dead and two others in critical condition early Saturday morning, Nov. 14.

A fifth shooting victim was treated and released after yesterday’s fatal incident, which happened in the hills west of La Sierra Avenue and Tin Mine Road.

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Deputies from the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station were dispatched to the area around 2 a.m., after receiving reports of a shooting with multiple victims down.

“Deputies arrived within minutes and located a deceased male suffering from a gunshot,” Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Ben Ramirez has since reported. “Deputies were directed to another location in the hills west of the intersection and found a second deceased male also suffering from a gunshot wound.”

Deputies and investigators interviewed numerous witnesses to a shooting of five men in the hills near Lake Mathews that left two victims dead and two others in critical condition. A fifth victim was treated at an area hospital and has since been released. OC Hawk photo

Witnesses at the scene reported the first victim who was found dead was brought down from the hills in an side-by-side off-road vehicle and that the second victim was found deceased at a nearby Circle K.

The shooting victims who died at the scene have been identified as Ronny Fernandez, 33, of San Bernardino and Edgar Coria, 33, of Anaheim.

As their investigation was getting underway, deputies learned three additional men with gunshot injuries had been rushed to area hospitals by friends prior to emergency personnel arriving at the scene.

“Two of the victims are in critical condition, and one victim was treated and released,” Ramirez reported.

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Investigators from the Jurupa Station and Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded and have assumed the investigation, which is active and ongoing.

Citing the early nature of the investigation, Ramirez said no further information will be released at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call Investigator Vasquez with the Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777 or Investigator Contreras at the Jurupa Valley Station at (951) 955-2600. Callers can refer to incident file number E203190004 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s Homicide Tipline online form.


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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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