Botched home invasion robbery ends in deadly shootout

A botched home invasion robbery ended in a deadly shootout, resulting in two deaths.

The incident unfolded on the 37000 block of Calle de Lobo, La Cresta, on December 26 at about 4 a.m. Deputies from the Lake Elsinore Station were dispatched to the residence where they found four males with gunshot wounds. Two of the males had succumbed to their injuries. The other two males were transported to a local hospital.

The investigation determined this to be a botched home invasion robbery, involving the suspects and residents to have exchanged gunfire. According to Sergeant Ben Ramirez, one of the surviving males and one of the deceased males were determined to be suspects who forced entry into the residence and began assaulting one of the occupants inside, leading to the shooting. At least one additional suspect fled the residence and drove away in an unknown make vehicle.

The identity of the two deceased males is pending notification to next of kin. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Investigator Stites at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff Station at 951-245-3300 or Central Homicide Unit Investigator Button at 951-955-2777.


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