Fatal shooting shakes Riverside gated community on Easter Sunday

According to Riverside Police Department PIO, Ryan Railsback, Just after 12 p.m. March 31, 2024, officers responded to a reported shooting that just occurred in the 7600 block of Canberra Way, located in the Mission Grove neighborhood of Riverside. Once there, they located two shooting victims and fire/paramedics began treating them. One victim was pronounced deceased at the scene and a second victim was transported to a local hospital in unknown condition. We do have a person detained. (ONSCENE.TV)
Police gather at the site of a fatal shooting in Riverside on Sunday afternoon. (OnScene.TV)

Gunfire erupted Easter Sunday in a fatal midday shooting in a Riverside gated community, according to police. One man was killed, and a woman was wounded.

Police detained a man at the scene in connection with the double shooting, a Riverside Police Department spokesman said.

Officers were summoned just after noon to the 7600 block of Canberra Way after a shooting was reported in one of the homes, Riverside Police Officer Ryan Railsback said. When they arrived, they found a man who had been mortally wounded and a woman who also had been shot but survived. She was transported to a hospital, where she remained in critical condition as of about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Railsback said. Neither of their ages were immediately known.

A male person of interest was detained at the scene and taken in for questioning, Railsback said. Police also recovered a handgun at the house, he said.

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With the investigation just beginning, details about the incident are slim, Railsback said. He said detectives were working to piece together the events that led up to the shooting and said the motive was not yet known.

Investigators were trying to establish the nature of the relationship between the person being questioned and the two people shot, he said. For now, police know only that the three knew one another.

"We believe that they all know each other," Railsback said. "I don't know who lives at the house, if they all live there."

Railsback also did not know whether officers had previously been called to the address.

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This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.