Man Hospitalized After Argument Ends in Shooting at Riverside’s White Park; Gunman Sought

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Riverside police responded to White Park on Feb. 29, 2016, after a shooting. (Credit: KTLA)

A man was shot after a gunman opened fire following a confrontation with the victim at White Park in Riverside on Monday morning, police said.

About 11:19 a.m., dispatchers received a call regarding a shooting at the park, which is located in the area of Market Street and Whittier Place, according to Officer Ryan Railsback of the Riverside Police Department.

“Initial calls came out as an active shooter situation, but when units got on scene they quickly determined that was not the case,” he said.

Based on the preliminary investigation, police learned that two men got into an argument. At some point, the gunman pulled out a weapon and fired multiple shots, striking the victim, according to Railsback.

A worker near the scene told KTLA that, according to a friend of the victim’s, the two argued earlier in the day at a nearby bus stop.

“From what I was told, they had a confrontation at the bus stop this morning, the same two guys – the victim plus the suspect – and that was it. He told the victim, ‘I’ll be back.’ And that’s when he came back with the gun,” said Dylan Savedra.

The unidentified victim was transported to a local hospital. His condition was not immediately known.

Units arrived on the scene with minutes, but the shooter had already fled the location by then, Railsback said.

Police did not have a description of the gunman, and it was not known whether he got away on foot or in a vehicle.

No further information was available.

KTLA’s Jennifer Thang and Feven Kiflegiorgis contributed to this story.