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Police recover a revolver possibly used in a San Bernardino gunfight in which two men were killed, a woman gravely injured and another man shot in the foot.
Authorities in San Bernardino now believe at least one other shooter was involved in Sunday night’s deadly gun battle which left two men dead, another man injured and a woman clinging to life.
The Press-Enterprise reports that police investigators believe no fewer than three firearms were in play during the 9:15 p.m. gunfight in the parking lot of the Delmann Heights Community Center. Two of the weapons belonged to the two dead men -- 35-year-old Ramiro Aguilar Jr. of San Bernardino and 31-year-old Corey Broussard of Victorville -- who apparently started the violence after getting into an argument.
More than 20 rounds were fired, police told the Press-Enterprise -- with dozens of innocent bystanders in the area. Kids were playing basketball while families enjoyed a local baseball game and a large community barbeque, complete with DJ, which Aguilar and Broussard were also attending.
Of those bystanders, two were injured by stray bullets, one of them gravely. Luisa Villalobos, 49, of Chino Hills, was struck in the head as she sat in her car waiting for her husband’s ballgame to end, police say. She remains on life support at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton.
The other victim, 29-year-old Watani Richardson of San Bernardino, was struck in the foot, also while sitting in his car. He was treated at Community Hospital in San Bernardino.
Police say they came upon chaos when they arrived at the scene of the gun battle, with at least 100 people fleeing the parking lot in their cars. They left so quickly that food and the DJ’s equipment remained behind from the barbecue, the San Bernardino Sun reports.
Police say they detained one person who was fleeing the area and recovered a revolver from that person, but forensics have not yet connected that gun to the shooting. Investigators worked through the night on Sunday, finding “several different caliber” shell casings indicating “at least three different guns,” a police lieutenant said.
Investigators still want to know exactly what happened Sunday night and are asking for the public’s help. Anyone with information is urged to call San Bernardino police Detective Michele Mahan at (909) 384-5619 or Sgt. Gary Robertson at (909) 841-5361. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call (909) 384-5656.