Riverside Police Department
Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date April 18, 2003
Contact Officer Felix Medina
Phone (909) 826-5939
Fax (909) 826-2594


Man Shoots Himself Inside of Robinson's May Department Store

Riverside, Ca-  On Friday, April 18, 2003 at approximately 1:47 pm, the Riverside Police Departmentís Communications Center received numerous 9-1-1 phone calls regarding shots being fired inside of Robinsonís May, at the Galleria at Tyler shopping mall (1299 Galleria at Tyler).

On arrival, officers received information that the suspect had fired several shots inside of the store, but not specifically at any other person. Officers from the Special Weapons And Tactics Team (S.W.A.T.) responded and determined that the suspect had barricaded himself inside an administrative office. When the officers made entry into the office, they found the suspect deceased, with what appeared to be a self inflicted gunshot wound to the upper torso. Members of the S.W.A.T. team continued their search of the entire mall until they rendered it to be safe. Once the mall was determined to be safe, it was re-opened for business.

The identity of the deceased male has not been released, pending notification of next of kin. Officers received information that the deceased male might have had an employment relationship with Robinsonís May.

A complete check of local hospitals and medical service centers found no other persons, including officers, to be injured during this incident at this time.

The investigation is on-going. Any person with information is encouraged to call the Riverside Police Departmentís General Investigations Bureau at (909) 320-8000.