TEMECULA – Deputies arrested a 53-year-old Temecula resident after a dispute between neighbors escalated and one of the subjects involved in the altercation fired a shotgun at his neighbor’s home. The shooting happened Tuesday, March 14, in the 27500 block of Tamarack Court in Temecula.
Officials did not specify what led to the dispute or if the two neighbors had been involved in previous altercations.
Authorities identified Joseph Rosato Jr. as the man who allegedly fired the potentially deadly round at his neighbor’s home, according to Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Robert Menchaca.
Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Temecula Police station responded to the neighborhood just after 10 p.m., after emergency dispatchers received several 911 calls reporting the loud dispute and the shot Rosato reportedly fired at the residence.
During their investigation deputies determined the incident began as a dispute between neighbors that quickly escalated when Rosato produced the shotgun and fired it at his neighbor’s house.
“During the dispute, (Rosato) fired one round at his neighbor’s residence with a shotgun,” Menchaca explained the day after the incident and arrest. “No one was injured during the incident.”
After interviewing the involved parties and other available witnesses, deputies arrested Rosato. He was booked into the Southwest Detention Center on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm.
An online jail records search revealed Rosato was released the same day he was booked, after he posted $10,000 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta May 9.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Sergeant Robert Menchaca at (951) 696-3000. Callers can refer to incident file number TE170730253 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.