Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date April 22, 2005
  Contact Lieutenant Jim Walters
Phone (951) 351-6050
Fax (951) 351-6051


Motorist Shot on 60 Freeway Identified

Riverside, Ca-  At approximately 2:32am, officers of the Riverside Police Department responded to the 91/60/215 interchange in regard to a male subject in a vehicle who appeared to have been shot. Upon arrival, officers located the vehicle and subject who was subsequently transported by ambulance to Riverside Community Hospital. There were witnesses to the shooting who contacted officers at the scene.

The witnesses said they were following the suspect and victim vehicles on the Westbound 60 Freeway when someone in the suspect vehicle began shooting at the victim. Both vehicles drove onto the transition connector to the Northbound 215 Freeway. The victim vehicle drifted off the transition road and came to a stop along the guardrail bordering the transition road from the Eastbound 91 to the Westbound 60. The driver sustained a gunshot wound to the head and was transported to a local hospital where he remains in very serious condition. He is identified as Ricky Smith of San Bernardino. Mr. Smith is 32 years old. There were several bullet holes in the driver’s door of his 2001 GMC Denali.

The suspect vehicle was a newer model Chevrolet Monte Carlo, brown, burgundy or dark red in color. The license plate begins with the number “4” and ends with the number “9.” There were several occupants in the vehicle but the witnesses were not close enough to provide any more details to describe them. A witness followed the suspect vehicle for approximately one mile until they left the freeway and the witness returned to the scene and contacted officers.

Both affected transition connector roads were closed for several hours while Riverside Police conducted their investigation. Anyone with information regarding this shooting is requested to call Detective Ron Sanfilippo at 951-320-8051 or Detective Rick Cobb at 951-320-8034.