According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, deputies from the Fontana Sheriff’s Station responded to 9-1-1 calls involving a shooting and found a suspected illegal gambling and narcotics operation at a Bloomington location.
Thirteen suspects, including two Fontana residents, were arrested during the incident.
On March 3 around 5:15 p.m., lawmakers arrived at Block 18800 on Valley Boulevard and were told by residents that a shooting had occurred in the parking lot at Bloomington Hydro, a supplier of hydroponic equipment.
Deputies secured the area and conducted a security clearance in an effort to find potential victims and witnesses with firearms.
However, entities within Bloomington Hydro barricaded themselves by closing steel doors and refused to cooperate or allow investigators inside, the Sheriff’s Department said. Detectives authored a search warrant for Bloomington Hydro, which was issued by the undersigned judge of the call to continue the investigation into the shootings and to inspect the premises.
Several PA notices were made loudly, ordering the subjects inside to come out and surrender. After a few announcements, the reinforced metal security door opened and many subjects began to come out and obey. The interior of the metal commercial building was searched by officers, which led to the discovery of additional entities trying to hide in the dark, the Sheriff’s Department said.
Numerous illegal gambling machines and narcotics were also found during the search warrant, the Sheriff’s Department said.
At the end of the investigation, 13 adults were detained and arrested. They were transported to the West Valley Detention Center and reserved for a range of charges.
The suspects were identified as Jonathan De Paz, Sharon McDaniel, Monica Lira, Renee Brumm, Tina Gordon, Denise Talamantes, Andrew Ochoa and Lloyd Ferrell, all from Bloomington; Veronica Madrigal and Pablo Salazar, both from Fontana; Joseph Singleton of Rialto; and Samir Safi and Kola McMurry, both from San Bernardino.
In a press release, the Sheriff’s Department did not provide any additional information regarding the shooting incident.
Anyone with information about this incident is required to contact investigators at the Fontana Sheriff’s Station. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are encouraged to call the We-Tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.
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