2 Killed in Shooting at Palm Desert Resort Community, Suspect Detained

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The entrance to the Desert Breeze resort community in Palm Desert, as pictured in a Google Street View image.

The entrance to the Desert Breeze resort community in Palm Desert, as pictured in a Google Street View image.

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Two people died and a suspect was being held following a shooting at a gated resort community in Palm Desert on Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

Few details were initially available regarding the shooting, which was reported about 1:55 p.m. in the 43000 block of Calle Los Brisas, within the Desert Breeze resort community, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department officials said via social media.

The victims were initially described only as two adults.

Deputies responded to reports of “shots fired” at a home when they found the victims, according to Sgt. Ken Thurm. A man identified as Frank Castro III, 32, was in front of the home when deputies arrived and was detained. His city of residence was not available.

“Frank Castro (III) was eventually booked on two counts of (murder). No other suspects are being sought in this investigation,” Thurm said.

No information regarding any possible motive or relationships that existed between the suspect and victims was released. No further details were available Wednesday evening.

According to county booking records, Castro was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance.

Anyone with information can reach Central Homicide Investigator Gonzales at 951-955-2777, or Palm Desert Station Investigator Bazanos at 760-836-1600. Tips may also be submitted online.

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