Crime & Justice

​Illegal shooting rises in Riverside County's Perris area

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department says its Perris Station deputies have been responding to increased complaints of illegal shooting.
The Riverside County Sheriff's Department says its Perris Station deputies have been responding to increased complaints of illegal shooting.
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The Riverside County Sheriff's Department says its Perris Station deputies have been responding to increased complaints of illegal shooting.

A department statement says deputies sent to the hills of unincorporated Winchester last week found two men who possessed a short-barrel assault rifle with a detachable high-capacity magazine. The gun had been made into an automatic weapon, did not have a serial number and wasn't registered.

The men, who also had several high-capacity magazines and unregistered handguns, were jailed for investigation of felony weapons violations.

Earlier this month, deputies responding to a shooting complaint in the Homeland area encountered a group of people and discovered that a home about a quarter-mile away had been struck by a stray round. No one in the home was hurt, but nine adults were cited.