Suspects arrested in Murrieta shooting

Two adults and three juveniles have been linked to a shooting in Murrieta that left two victims wounded, the Murrieta Police Department announced on Wednesday.

On May 23 at approximately 11:17 p.m., the Murrieta Police Department received multiple calls regarding gunshots heard in the area of Lawrence Union Drive and Monte Carlo Drive. One of the callers reported hearing 10-15 gunshots, along with one to two vehicles speeding away, the department reported.

When officers arrived on the scene they located a vehicle occupied by two victims who had sustained non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. Both victims were treated by paramedics and transported to a local hospital.

During the investigation, detectives located the vehicle involved in the shooting and identified the suspects as 19-year-old Davon Blackstone of Murrieta, 20-year-old Ashely Barber of Murrieta, and three juvenile males from Murrieta and Temecula.

Blackstone and Barber were arrested on May 24. Blackstone was arrested for attempted murder, robbery, discharging a firearm, and conspiracy, according to the Murrieta Police Department. Barber was arrested for attempted murder and accessory to a crime.

One of the juvenile males was located on May 25 and arrested for attempted, robbery, discharging a firearm, and conspiracy. With the assistance of the SWAT team, detectives later served search warrants in the 28000 block of Via Princesa and 28000 block of Calle Del Lago and located a firearm believed to have been used during the shooting.

An arrest warrant was obtained when detectives learned that one of the juveniles involved had fled the state. U.S. Marshals located and arrested the juvenile in Pennsylvania on June 3, the Murrieta Police Department reported. The juvenile was taken into custody on suspicion of attempted murder, robbery, discharging a firearm, and conspiracy. Extradition is pending.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to Detective Reed Leitch at 951-461-6353 or Detective Sergeant Miguel Garcia at 951-461-6362.


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