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Shots Fired In Mecca As Bus Driver Robbed At Gunpoint

Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for suspects after a tense late evening call that brought Deputies racing to the small town of Mecca.

Deputies were originally called to the scene to respond to a call of a group of Hispanic men shooting at each other, and a reported robbery at gunpoint on a Sun Bus Tuesday night.

A Sun Bus driver escaped injury in the area of 2nd Street and Home Avenue. He called 911 from a nearby apartment building.

When Deputies arrived they heard shots fired nearby. It is unknown if deputies were the target of that shooting, but no deputies were injured and no shots were fired by officers.

The California Highway Patrol, U.S. Border Patrol and an Indio Police K-9 team were called to assist.

Deputies searched the area near 2nd Street and Home Avenue in Mecca to find a possible shooter.

As a KESQ crew was preparing to go live at the scene they heard several more gunshots in the area.

A helicopter assisting in the investigation may have been the target of those gun shots.

One Juvenile has been detained, but it is unknown exactly what his involvement might be if any.

This is the second shooting in this area in just a week.

A deputy was shot at last Monday. It is unclear whether these shootings are related.

The Riverside Sheriff’s Department encourages anyone who might have any information regarding this incident to contact the Indio Station at (760) 863-8990 or their local law enforcement agency. They may also email the Indio Station directly at indiostation@riversidesheriff.org

KESQ News Team

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