Two brothers were killed in a Moreno Valley shooting, police announced Thursday.
The incident occurred about 8:20 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Old Lake Drive and Sunny Mead Ranch Parkway, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Responding officers found a man and a 17-year-old boy dead near a vehicle at the scene. Friends later identified them as Jeremiah and Eli Ascencio, and officials confirmed the victims were brothers.
Eli, in his 20s, died at the scene, while Jeremiah was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.
Investigators were looking at surveillance video from a nearby Jack in the Box and were also talking to witnesses at the scene.
Bystanders told KTLA the brothers were simply standing around talking when they were shot, and friends believe the incident began as a fight earlier in the day before escalating into a shooting.
Meredith Shaw, whose children were mourning at the scene of the shooting, said criminals have become more bold with authorities not doing enough to stop them.
“This is what bothers me as a parent: It’s a sub-station right there, where that blue light is," Shaw said. "There’s no way in the world that this should be able to happen. There’s an officer always here.”
Witnesses also said at least one of the brothers' lives could have been saved if paramedics had responded quicker.
No further details was released Thursday.
Anyone with information can call 951-955-2777 or 951-486-6700.
KTLA's Irving Last contributed to this story.