Riverside Police Department
Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date May 30, 2002
Contact Sergeant Don Taulli 
Phone (909) 826-5576


Attempted Murder

Riverside, Ca-  At approximately 8:00 AM, a subject was shot at the 3300 Blk. of Franklin St. The victim was walking south on Franklin St. from Third St. A vehicle with three occupants drove next to the victim and two of the occupants got out of the vehicle.

Both of these suspects walked up to the victim. One of the suspects produced a handgun. The suspect with the handgun then fired approximately 5 rounds at the victim. One of the rounds struck the victim in the head. The victim was able to get into a residence and call the police. The suspects got back into the vehicle and fled west on Third St. from Franklin St. The suspect vehicle is described as a smaller red, mid eighties truck.

The victim was treated at the scene by members of the Riverside Fire Department and transported to Riverside Community Hospital. At the hospital the victim was treated by members of the emergency room staff.

Approximately 45 minutes after this incident a second shooting occurred on Iowa Av. at Blaine St. Citizens telephoned the police department to report subjects in a small red truck shooting at a pedestrian. A victim was not located, however, evidence was recovered at the scene indicating a shooting had occurred.

At approximately 11:30 AM the suspect vehicle was located in the area of the original incident. As officers were continuing the investigation the suspects returned to the vehicle. On seeing the officers two of the three suspects ran from the area. One was immediately taken into custody. A second was located hiding in a small building. The third eluded capture.

The suspects in custody are as follows:

Mario Sanchez (19) Riverside, Ca.
Francisco Vallejo (19) Riverside, Ca.

Both were arrested for attempted murder. The victims name is being withheld pending further investigation. Members of the Riverside Police Departmentís General Investigation Unit and Special Investigations Unit will continue the investigation.