A triple shooting left two brothers dead and a third man injured in Perris Friday night, authorities and their father said.
“At 10:15 p.m., officers from the Perris Police Department responded to the 300 block of Flicker Way regarding reports of a shooting inside a residence,” said Sgt. Lisa McConnell of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Officers found an injured survivor in front of the home, then went inside and found the bodies of the two other victims, McConnell said.
The two slain were described as men in their 20s who had been shot in the chest. The injured man, also in his 20s, was shot in the back.
The father of the two victims, who gave his name as Flavio Nunez, said he lives in the home but was working at the time of the shooting. He said they were 24 and 26 and were shot in the kitchen. The survivor was a friend, he said.
"I don't understand what happened," Nunez, pictured at right, told reporters outside the home. "Things happen, and you don't know why."
Asked what kind of men they were, he said it was a difficult question to answer. He said he didn't know if they were in a gang, and was "not sad" because he had "spent my time with them."
"I know they were good kids ... I'm a good father to them," Nunez said.
He said there may have been children in the house during the shooting.
McConnell said the shooting did not appear to be a home invasion, and it was not clear how the gunman got into the home.
Investigators did not have a motive for the shootings, and a hunt for the gunman was under way.
Detectives were still on scene as of 7 a.m. Saturday. Some residents were barred from entering the area (map) during a search for the gunman overnight.
“At this time it’s an ongoing and active investigation, so we don’t really have a lot of details other than our suspects are described as an adult male who was wearing dark clothing, so we’re asking for the public’s help," McConnell said.
Authorities later said the gunman was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a bandana.
Authorities on scene said no vehicle was seen leaving the area of the shooting.
Anyone with any information should contact either the Perris Police Department at 951-940-6200 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Homicide unit at 951-210-1000.
City News Service contributed to this report.