PERRIS – A teenage boy was shot today today during a confrontation with several men in Perris.
The shooting was reported around 10:50 a.m. at 1481 Arrow Creek Drive, near Redlands Avenue.
Witnesses told Riverside County sheriff’s deputies that between three and five suspects in two cars parked outside a house and accosted the victim and his friend. Gunfire erupted moments later, with at least seven shots heard by an occupant of a nearby home.
According to sheriff’s officials, the victim — whose identity was not released — ran to his family’s residence in the 1200 block of Dolphin Street, about a block away. He was rushed to a hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to the stomach.
The condition of his friend was not immediately known.
Sheriff’s radio broadcasts indicated the attack may have been gang- related.
The suspected shooters were described as black men in their 20s. One suspect was wearing a purple shirt, while another was wearing a burgundy shirt and hat, sheriff’s officials said.
The two vehicles seen fleeing the area were described as a white newer- model Ford Taurus with a blown-out rear window and a gray Dodge Stratus.