Suspected car-to-car shooting in Riverside leaves driver dead, young passenger uninjured

RIVERSIDE, Calif., — Authorities say a driver was killed after a suspected car-to-car shooting in Riverside yesterday morning, Sunday, Sept. 19. A young child, described from the scene as an infant or toddler, was uninjured in the deadly shooting, which occurred at the intersection of Arlington Avenue and Tyler Street, according to officials.


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City of Riverside police and fire personnel were dispatched to the scene around 11:30 a.m. after receiving reports of a shooting, Riverside Police Officer Ryan Railsback has since said.

When officials arrived they found a silver Volvo stopped at the intersection facing northbound on Tyler Street. Inside the vehicle, they located a Hispanic male driver slumped over the steering wheel and a young child.

About a half-dozen bullet holes were found on the victim’s front windshield and area around the car’s front window. Lone Wolf Media/On Scene TV photo

Officials quickly determined the driver had sustained at least one gunshot injury and he was rushed to Riverside Community Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and passed away. Although the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office has since described the victim as a 21-year-old Riverside resident, his identity has not yet been released, pending further investigation and notification of his family.

The child, who was riding in a car seat with the victim at the time of the shooting, was found to be unharmed and was later released to a family member who had arrived at the scene just moments after shots rang out, according to Railsback.

Detectives with the department’s Robbery – Homicide Unit, along with specialists from the Forensics Unit, responded and assumed the investigation. They were assisted by the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office and Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.

During their preliminary investigation, officers, detectives and other department members were seen canvasing the area of the busy intersection, which is surrounded by numerous businesses that were open when the shooting occurred, in the hopes of locating any possible witnesses or surveillance footage that could help shed light on what may have led to the fatal incident.

They were also observed documenting and photographing numerous bullet holes in the Volvo, including about a half-dozen bullet holes through the car’s front windshield and area around the front window.

According to Railsback, investigators believe whoever shot the victim may have opened fire from another vehicle; however, it was not immediately known if the shooting occurred at or near the intersection or if the shot and injured driver fled a different area before being overcome by his injuries at the intersection.

Officials have not yet said if there was any known motive for the shooting or what may have led to the fatal incident and no suspect description or information has yet to be released.

Police did not immediately specify how or if the victim was related to the child riding with him and citing the early nature of their ongoing investigation declined to provide any further details.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Riverside Police Department at (951) 826-5700. Those wishing to remain anonymous can also email or utilize the Riverside Police Department’s mobile app “Submit a Tip” feature.

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Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

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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