Man Dies in Hotel Room Shooting at Pechanga Casino in Temecula

Sheriff's dispatchers received a 911 call at 11 p.m. Friday about a man with a number of undisclosed gunshot wounds found in the lobby.

A man was fatally shot in a hotel room during an outburst of domestic violence at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, and a woman was somehow injured, deputies said Saturday.

Sheriff's dispatchers received a 911 call at 11 p.m. Friday about a man with a number of undisclosed gunshot wounds found in the lobby. The victim who was described as a man in his 50s was taken to Temecula Valley Hospital where he later died of his injuries, Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Raymond Huskey said.

The man's name was not released pending notification of relatives.

Casino spokeswoman Ciara Green said the shooting happened in a hotel room. A woman believed to have some connection with the dying man was also found in the hotel room.

She had non-life threatening injuries, but details and her relationship with the victim was not specified. All the "involved parties" are known to sheriff's detectives, Huskey said today, but it was not disclosed whether anyone was arrested in connection with the shooting.

Earlier, sheriff's Deputy Armando Munoz said the homicide stemmed from domestic violence.

Green couldn't recall when was the last time something this severe ever happened at the casino, adding that it was "very unfortunate."

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

In a written statement, Green later said the casino and its staff are "saddened by this domestic incident that occurred in a hotel room."

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the individuals involved in this unfortunate, isolated incident," she said.

—City News Service.
Steve Newman February 25, 2014 at 02:46 PM
Belle- the DA can add additional charges after the investigation is complete-whether it be child endangerment or child abuse. Did you know that if you are arrested for DUI you can also be charged for child endangerment/abuse if there is a child in the car. And see I didn't call anybody names.
The Peacekeeper February 25, 2014 at 06:52 PM
My redneck buddy, southernbelle! What Steve said, however those are obviously the lesser charges. Depends on the investigation is what will determine what exact charges are filed and what charges will be included for prosecution.
Alek J Hidell February 26, 2014 at 12:13 AM
They even have a law now for "annoying a minor".... What about us? these punks annoy me all the time!
The Peacekeeper February 26, 2014 at 12:28 AM
Alek, that one's been on the books for well over 20 years.
southernbelle February 27, 2014 at 07:15 PM
Yeah, I saw an updated article on this and she IS charged with child endangerment. And ABSOLUTELY on the DUI!! I think if a a couple is arguing/fighting in front of children ongoing- it is child neglect, also. @PK-- :o)


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