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Family identifies man shot and killed on his doorstep

CAT CITY SHOOTING
Bullets holes on the door of the house

The family of the man shot and killed Monday night at his Cathedral City home spoke to KESQ Tuesday.

His family identified the victim as Ruben Hernandez, 43.

A juvenile was also shot during the incident. The family tells News Channel 3's Shelby Nelson that the juvenile was, in fact, Hernandez's 10-year-old daughter.

"It hurts. I'm just trying to process it. I'm trying to get everyone else through because I know they're hurting," Ruben Hernandez' daughter, America Hernandez said.

The 19-year-old mourned the death of her father after he was shot and killed Monday night at the door of their Cathedral City home.

Hernandez said she had just gone to her room to watch a movie. The room was adjacent to the front door. A short time later, she heard gunshots. She went out to see what was going on.

"My mom is crying and I just see my dad on the floor," Hernandez said. "I called 911 as I was helping my dad. I tried to flip him over and cover his wounds."

Hernandez said her 10-year-old sister was also shot. On Tuesday police confirmed that the juvenile was in stable condition.

Bullet holes riddled the family's front door.

Hernandez said the family had just moved in late last year. She believes someone was looking for the person who lived at the home, prior to when her family arrived.

"My dad was a good man. He was every other immigrant father. He worked every day. He had no enemies, Hernandez said.

A second shooting took place hours later on the 3300 block of Wishing Well Trail. Cathedral City Police have not yet confirmed if both shootings are related.

Anyone with information on the shootings is urged to contact Cathedral City Police.

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Shelby Nelson

Shelby Nelson is a News Reporter for KESQ News Channel 3. She joined our team in September 2019 after living in San Francisco for 6 years. Learn more about Shelby here.

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