7 fatally shot at illegal marijuana grow in Riverside County

Seven people were shot to death early Monday, Sept. 7, at a home in the unincorporated Riverside County community of Aguanga, authorities reported.

The victims were found in a residence in the 45000 block of Highway 371 in what was reportedly a house being used to grow illegal marijuana, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reported.

Investigators found more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana and several hundred marijuana plants at the location, the Sheriff’s Department reported.

At 12:33 a.m., deputies were called to investigate a possible deadly assault when they entered the home and found a woman with severe gunshot wounds. The sheriff deputies then discovered six victims at the same home with gunshot wounds; all six died at the location, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reported.

The woman was taken by paramedics to a local hospital where she later died from her injuries, the department reported.

A suspect or suspects in the killings had not been found and remained at large Monday night. Detectives from the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit and from its Hemet Station were gathering evidence.

“Investigators are currently working on leads,” read a statement from the sheriff’s department.

Cpl. Lionel Murphy of the Sheriff’s Department would not provide further details on Monday night. “It is an ongoing investigation,” Murphy said.

In a press release, attributed to Sgt. Richard Carroll, the authorities said the killings “appears to have been an isolated incident, and there is no threat to the general public.”

The names of those killed were not immediately released.

Aguanga is a remote community located 18 miles east of Temecula and 22 miles southeast of Hemet, with a population of 1,128.

The Sheriff’s Department is asking the public for help in solving the crimes. Anyone with information should contact Investigator Paz at (951) 955-2777.




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Things to do in Orange County, Sept. 8-14


‘A Night With Janis Joplin’: It’s the final weekend to visit the Laguna Playhouse and hear the Queen of Rock n’ Roll sing her best songs again in this Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Featuring Joplin’s greatest hits, including, “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” and “Mercedes Benz” along with other faves from Aretha Franklin, Etta James and more. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept 9 and 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10. $66-$101. 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. 949-497-2787 or lagunaplayhouse.com

Melissa Villasenor : Come out for a fun night of comedy with Melissa Villaseñor, a featured cast member on “Saturday Night Live.” She made her television debut on “America’s Got Talent” and does extensive voiceover acting on Fox’s “Family Guy,” Cartoon Network’s “Adventure” and Comedy Central’s “Triptank.” $20. 7:30 p.m. Musco Center for the Arts. Chapman University. One University Drive, Orange. 844-626-8726 or muscocenter.org

Day N Night Music Festival: Attend this 3-day hip-hop musical festival presented by Revolt at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Headlining artists include Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper among others. Single day tickets start at $95. 3-day tickets start at $299. Gates open at 11 a.m. Sept. 8-10. Angel Stadium. 200 Gene Autry Way, Anaheim. 800-594-8499 or daynnightfest.com


‘Once’: Enjoy the theatrical performance “Once” by Enda Walsh at the South Coast Repertory. The story revolves around a Dublin street musician about to abandon his dream when a beautiful woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to new heights, and their connection becomes more than an everyday romance. $79. Various times and dates through Sept. 30. 655 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa. 714-708-5555 or scr.org

‘Stark Beauty –The Photography of Edward Weston’: Visit Bowers Museum to view an exhibit dedicated to photographer Edward Weston. Three sections represent the most iconic aspects of Weston’s work: portraits of his beautiful muses and famous contemporaries, vast American landscapes depicting the United States in unaltered focus and reality, and close-ups which find beauty in the forms of man-made objects, vegetables, and the bare human body. $10-$15. Various times and dates through Sept. 17. 2002 North Main St., Santa Ana. 714-567-3600 or bowers.org


The Heritage Event – A Celebration of Generations: This event will honor the community’s Holocaust survivors, as well as grandparents. Taking place on National Grandparents Day, this celebration aims to bring many generations together to enjoy delicious kosher food, music, games and interactive art projects. Free. Noon-4 p.m. Heritage Pointe. 27356 Bellogente, Mission Viejo. 949-644-4777 or heritagepointe.org

Live music at Pacific City: Come out and listen to a live performance by Sabrina Lentini. Her music displays a mix between folk, rock ‘n’ roll and pop, and portrays a wisdom that surpasses her 17 years. 1-4 p.m. Free. 21010 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach. 714-930-2345 or gopacificcity.com


Matt Smith Trio: Enjoy a live performance by this jazz trio at Saddleback College. The songs on their September 2016 release “RETROgrade,” feature compositions of each member geared toward jazz and non-jazz audiences. $7-$10. 7:30 p.m. McKinney Theatre. 28000 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo. 949-582-4500 or saddleback.edu


Laguna Dance Festival: This 3-day event brings world class dance to the Laguna stage as well as other dance related activities including master classes and stage talks, and a Dance on Screen presentation of “Paul Taylor: Dancemaker” an academy award-nominated documentary, at the Laguna Art Museum. The festival concludes with performances from the renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company and the groundbreaking Ballet BC of Vancouver, Canada. $41-$71. Sept. 14-17. 7:30 p.m. 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. 949-497-2787 or lagunaplayhouse.com

Music on the Deck: Enjoy a live performance by singer-songwriter and pop artist Frank Cope. Free. 5-8 p.m. 21010 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach. 714-930-2345 or gopacificcity.com


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