Victim, one alleged gunman sent to hospital for treatment

By Lois Gormley
The Desert Sun
July 31, 2004

A shooting in a quiet neighborhood in an unincorporated area of Indio on Friday evening sent both a victim and one of his alleged gunmen to the hospital.

The shooting occurred about 6:15 p.m. in the 31-000 block of Date Palm Avenue, said Sgt. Earl Quinata, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, public information officer.

Two men in a white Toyota Corolla got into a confrontation with a resident at the home and allegedly shot him, he said.

After the victim, 30-year-old Victor Medina, went down another resident inside the home returned fire, Quinata said.

The men fled in the Corolla and were spotted by Indio station deputies as they were responding to the call.

The deputies attempted to stop the car but a chase ensued and moved onto Interstate 10 traveling west.

The commotion on the freeway briefly caused some problems during the evening freeway commute.

Carlos Yee, 25, and Josh Perman, 20, both of Indio were detained along the side of the freeway about a mile west of Ramon Road exit, Quinata said.

They had not yet been booked late Friday. Yee had to be taken to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springsfor a wound to his right arm, he said.

Medina was also taken to Desert Region Medical Center for treatment of a non-life-threatening wound to the leg.

A search of the car revealed a handgun, which was taken into evidence.

When asked if the shooting was gang-related, Quinata said investigators are looking at all angles.

Agustin Arrieta said he and his family heard the shots from inside their home at the corner of Date Palm Avenue and Elm Street.

He said he ran outside and heard a man yelling, \"my leg, they got my leg.\"

The man was lying in front of his Date Palm Avenue home in a pool of blood, Arrieta said.

He and another man applied a tourniquet and waited for the ambulance to arrive.

Arrieta, who moved into the neighborhood a couple of months ago, said it is a good one -- much better than the one they lived in before.

Other residents described the area as a quite neighborhood filled with professionals and their children.