A nearly yearlong investigation into dozens of Palm Springs shootings, including three recent homicides, culminated in five search warrants being served Thursday and an arrest.
More than 100 law enforcement officers entered several homes starting at 5 a.m. Thursday in the Desert Highland Gateway Estates and Santiago Sunrise Village neighborhoods, said Palm Springs police Lt. William Hutchinson.
The investigation concerned 24 confirmed shootings in and around the two neighborhoods dating to October of last year. In that time, police say they also received 61 reports of shots fired in those neighborhoods, although evidence of gunfire was not found.
Eleven arrests have been made since that time, including a suspect on Thursday whose name was withheld.
The latest homicides include a 17-year-old boy and 25-year-old man who were gunned down on Palm Vista Drive on Friday. On June 30, a 44-year-old man was found wounded in a truck near Tramview Road and North Indian Canyon. He later died. No names were immediately released.
Hutchinson said authorities found “gang paraphernalia” in the searches, although he would not definitively say if the shootings involved gang members. “There’s definitely evidence pointing in that direction,” he said.
During the searches, police also seized evidence of other crimes reported in recent months in Palm Springs, including an armed robbery and the recovery of stolen property, Hutchinson said.
Anybody with additional information was urged to call the department’s Crimes Against Person’s Unit at 760-323-8129. Anonymous tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at 760-341-7867.
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