RIVERSIDE – Officers witnessed a shooting at a party where they were investigating a previous stabbing, police said Saturday.
On Friday, Corona police officers were at the Corona Regional Medical Center just before midnight when a victim with stab wounds was dropped off by a vehicle that fled.
After locating the vehicle, officers detained the occupants and were able to determine that the stabbing took place at a party in a commercial building in the 3500 block of Madison Avenue in Riverside, a few blocks away from Ramona High School, authorities said.
Riverside police officers were notified of the location and noted that they already had a noise complaint for that area.
When officers arrived at the scene on foot shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday, they witnessed a shooting take place, police said. They then heard more shooting and found four gunshot victims nearby, who were hospitalized and are expected to survive.
Three male victims, aged 19 and 24, and another whose age is unknown, suffered moderate injuries. A 19-year-old female victim suffered critical injuries.
After the scene was secured, officials said they detained between 75 and 100 partygoers; one was arrested for an unrelated drug crime.
When police searched inside the building, they found evidence of the original stabbing, as well as five hidden handguns, three of which had been reported stolen, authorities said.
No suspects had been identified in either the shootings or the stabbing. The condition of the stabbing victim was not disclosed by authorities.
Detectives with the Riverside Police Department are investigating the crimes.