Car from Dayton gunfire exchange, pursuit possibly involved in Riverside shots fired

Riverside police believe that they have found the Ford sedan involved in the shots fired in the EJ’s Lounge parking lot early Friday morning, according to Riverside police Sgt. James Vance. 

Vance said that Riverside police have taken possession of a car believed to be involved in a report of two vehicles shooting at each other that led to a pursuit and crash near the Second Street Market. 

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The sergeant said that the vehicle recovered from the Dayton pursuit matched the description of the Ford that fled from the Airway Road shots fired. 

It was a black Ford Taurus with five bullet holes on its passenger side.

When asked about whether police had found the person shot in the SUV, Vance said that person was still missing, but police think, based on where the bullet holes are in the vehicle, that any wounds the person took were grazing. The sergeant said that there wasn’t very much blood in the SUV. 

UPDATE @ 2:31 a.m.

One person may be injured after a shots were fired in the parking lot of EJ’s Lounge, according to police officials on the scene. 

A Riverside police sergeant said that a white SUV had blood inside of it, but the occupant had apparently fled on foot. 

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After investigation, police said they believed two vehicles and two weapons were involved. One of the weapons was a handgun, found in the white SUV along with shell casings.

The second weapons is believed to be an assault rifle. 

The cause of the shooting is still under investigation, police said, including whether this incident was due to a fight spilling out from inside the bar. 

Police said the people from the bar were not cooperating with the investigation, so officers seized the hard drive from the surveillance cameras. 

Officers are now searching for the second vehicle believed to be involved, described as a black Ford sedan that may have bullet holes in it.

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At least one other vehicle on the scene was damaged by bullets, but isn’t suspected to be part of it. 

UPDATE @ 1:30 a.m.:

There are multiple vehicles with bullet holes and shattered glass in the parking lot of EJ’s Lounge, according to our crew on the scene. 

Our photographer reported that the parking lot is taped off, and police are questioning people. 

INITIAL REPORT:

Police are investigating a report of a shooting in the area of Airway Road and Woodman Drive in Riverside. 

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Initial reports said that several gunshots were heard, and that officers arriving on scene reported bullet holes in parked cars. Reports also said that they found blood in one of the cars. 

We are working to learn more and will update this story with any new information. 

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