SAN BERNARDINO: 2 killed, 2 wounded at ballgame, BBQ

07 May

Several gunmen may have been involved in a hail of gunfire that killed two men and wounded two other persons last night during a softball game and barbeque in San Bernardino, police say.

Bullets started flying about 9:15 p.m. Sunday in the parking of Delmann Heights Neighborhood Center, about a half-mile northwest of I-215 and I-210. The community center was closed, but an adult softball league was using the ball field.

More than 100 people were getting into their cars and scattering when officers arrived.

Police found 49-year-old Chino Hills resident Luisa Villalobos suffering from a head wound that has left her in grave condition on life support, Sgt. Gary Robertson said this morning.

“She was waiting in her car for her husband’s baseball game to end so she could take him home,” Robertson said.

Soon afterward, three wounded men showed up at nearby Community Hospital of San Bernardino.

Two of those victims died. They are 31-year-old Corey Broussard of Victorville and 35-year-old Ramiro Aguilar Jr. of San Bernardino.

“Seems like (the shooting) stemmed from an argument between the two deceased males,” said Robertson. “Indications are that at least one of them was armed.”

A .357-caliber revolver was found a couple of blocks away at a house on 30th Street.

“We can speculate that it was picked up” by someone at the shooting scene and carried to where it was found, said Robertson.

But police believe there was more than one gunman because more than 20 cartridge casings were found at the crime scene, an indication that at least one semi-automatic handgun was involved in addition to the revolver.

The fourth shooting victim – 29-year-old Watani Richardson of San Bernardino – was wounded in his right foot while he was sitting in his car in the parking lot.

Richardson and the gravely injured Villalobos didn’t know each other and are believed to have been innocent victims who were totally uninvolved in the events leading up to the shooting, Robertson said.

Detectives have no firm leads on suspects or getaway vehicles.

“We don’t have much to go on,” said Robertson. “We obviously need the public’s help to figure out exactly what happened … and we’d like them to give us a call.”

By this morning, the neighborhood center parking lot was peaceful and mostly empty.

The night time ballgames have no direct connection with the center but take place at the park just south of the building.

“Teams come from as far away as Vegas to play on that field,” said Center Director Kevin Green. “It’s been going on for years.”

“The worst thing I have to worry about on Monday mornings is cleaning up trash. This is the first (shooting) incident that I’ve been aware of.”

Anyone with information about the crimes may call Detective Michele Mahan at 909-384-5619 or Robertson at 909-841-5361.


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