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Pechanga Shooting: Wildomar Woman Named Suspected Shooter

Sheriff's officials say the woman shot and killed the father of her child at Pechanga Resort & Casino this weekend.

A Los Angeles man who was shot inside a hotel room at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula and died was identified Monday by the Riverside County Coroner's Office as Los Angeles resident Keith Rodman.

Rodman and the suspect, 32-year-old Wildomar resident Maria Vihanek, were in a dating relationship and had a six-month-old baby together, the sheriff's department announced Monday.

The baby was in the hotel room where Rodman was shot on Friday, but was not injured.

Vihanek will be arrested after being treated for a self-inflicted injury, authorities said.

Rodman was shot an undisclosed number of times and was able to make his way to the giant resort casino's lobby, Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Mike Manning said.

Sheriff's dispatchers received a 911 call at 10:56 p.m. Friday about a bloodied man in the lobby. They also discovered Vihanek in the hotel room the shooting occurred.   Rodman was taken to Temecula Valley Hospital, where he died early Saturday, the Riverside County Coroner's Office reported.

Casino spokeswoman Ciara Green couldn't recall the last time a shooting occurred there.

The casino continued its operations Friday night while sheriff's detectives conducted their investigation in the lobby area and hotel room, Green said.


—City News Service.

Alek J Hidell February 25, 2014 at 07:52 AM
The reservations were intended as concentration camps; abolish them. All ethnic groups assimilate into our nation except so-called "native" Americans. Gambling and alcohol destroyed their way of life and it is sacrilege that they endorse it now. Close this casino for back taxes. You can all go to Vegas for "good times" like the above...
TRF1968 February 25, 2014 at 09:47 AM
You've got a comment for everything, don't you...
Lepimpster February 25, 2014 at 10:47 AM
I think Alek is just upset that the Natives have made something out of nothing to better themselves, and the community. If you would just put all this jealousy and hatred toward yourself maybe YOU can make something out of NOTHING...LOL
Sew Good February 25, 2014 at 11:07 AM
I wish we could abolish Alek.
Steve February 25, 2014 at 04:01 PM
Good advice but money trumps humanity in the good 'ole usa. They didn't even bother to to close down over a murder. "The casino continued its operations Friday night while sheriff's detectives conducted their investigation".
Alek J Hidell February 25, 2014 at 04:23 PM
For your perusal: Not only am I a native American, I am a native CALIFORNIAN....who knows better to stay away from demon rum and games of chance. With these Pechanga? it's all about the wampum.
Steve February 25, 2014 at 07:18 PM
OOPS! Clean up on isle six.
Pauly February 26, 2014 at 01:02 PM
If Alek ever starts his own blog (never gonna happen) he is gonna get payback in the comment section, no doubt about it.
Steve February 26, 2014 at 02:55 PM
Who's Alek?
BLUESGUITAR777 February 26, 2014 at 02:57 PM
Marty R McVeigh changed his name today. He was previously always known as Alek J Hiddell.
Steve February 26, 2014 at 03:46 PM
Do you play anywhere around here?
BLUESGUITAR777 February 26, 2014 at 03:53 PM
@Steve Last gig I had was a festival in Los Alamitos last October. I don't play with bands very often anymore.

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