A resident of a Riverside apartment complex fatally shot a man during a gun battle early Wednesday morning, Aug. 24, after reporting that at least two people were attempting to break in, police said.
The resident was hit in the leg but expected to survive, said Officer Ryan Railsback, a Riverside Police Department spokesman.
The resident called police at about 1:40 a.m. from his home at the Windemere at Sycamore Highlands complex at 5925 Sycamore Canyon Blvd.
“As officers were responding, the victim stated he was in an exchange of gunfire with the suspects and he was hit in the lower extremity,” Railsback said.
The shooting left two bullet holes in an apartment window of the resident’s.
Police searching the complex found a passenger car that had crashed into other cars, with a person suffering from a gunshot wound behind the steering wheel. He was taken to a hospital, where he died, Railsback said.
Police believe there were other suspects who fled because the resident had said there was more than one burglar, Railsback said.
The shooting happened about a half mile from where one in the string of home-invasion robberies in the city have occurred. Railsback said detectives do not believe that Wednesday’s shooting was related.
Detectives were trying to determine whether this apartment was targeted or randomly selected.
This was at least the second time in the past 30 days that a Riverside County resident fired on an assailant.
On July 31, authorities said, the owner of a Norco liquor store shot a man after robbers, one with a shotgun, entered the market on Sixth Street. Four men were arrested after they showed up at a hospital. The person who was shot recovered. The owner suffered a heart attack but has recovered.