By Trevor Montgomery – Riverside County News Source

HEMET, Calif. — A group of adults and juveniles setting off fireworks at a Hemet apartment complex came under fire, injuring two juveniles reported to be 10 and 13, Saturday evening, June 13.

One of the minors sustained a serious gunshot wound to his thigh, while the other was reportedly struck in the chest and airlifted to an area trauma center in critical condition.

Officials have not made any arrests in the shooting; which happened in an alleyway and carport area between apartments on the 1200 block of W. Valencia Ave.

City of Hemet police and fire personnel were dispatched to the scene after a woman called 911 and reported that her son was suffering from a gunshot wound.

When officials arrived at the scene and began treating the young victim they learned of a second juvenile struck by gunfire and began treating the other child.

Based on one of the children’s gunshot wounds officials requested an air ambulance; at which time Mercy Air was launched to the area.

While paramedics tended to the two wounded juveniles, officers established a crime scene and began searching for the a vehicle seen fleeing the area after one of its occupants opened fire on the group. It was described black Dodge Charger, with an unknown number of occupants.

Despite searching for the vehicle it was not immediately located.

After being stabilized at the scene the child struck in the thigh was rushed by ground ambulance to an area hospital; while the other, more seriously injured child, was airlifted to a nearby trauma center by Mercy Air Medical Transport.

His condition at the time was described by officials as critical.

Witnesses later reported the two injured victims were among a group of adults that were lighting fireworks in the carport area and alley of the apartment complex.

According to witnesses, moments after a round of fireworks was set off and exploded, a black Dodge Charger drove up to the entrance of the alley and fired an unknown number of rounds, hitting the two children.

As of this report no further information was available regarding the shooting or the current condition of the two gunshot victims.

Anyone with information about this ongoing investigation or who knows the identity of the alleged shooter(s) is encouraged to immediately contact Hemet PD at (951) 765-2400. Callers can remain anonymous.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information is available.

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