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Update:

During the course of this investigation, several suspects were involved in this robbery. The suspect who was shot, but survived, was identified as Tong Shun Zhang, 34 years of Rowland Heights. Zhang was arrested and charged with two counts of Murder, Attempted Murder, and Burglary. The Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit conducted surveillance on several locations in Los Angeles County, and were able to locate one of the suspect vehicles. On January 15, 2021, the second suspect vehicle was stopped by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy in Temple City. The driver, Dong Yang, 33 years of Rowland Heights, was interviewed and identified as the driver of one of the suspect vehicles during the robbery. On January 16, 2021, Yang was arrested and booked for Robbery at the Robert Presley Detention Center.

The deceased subjects in this case were identified as suspect Wang Lin, 38 years of Rowland Heights, and victim Alejandro Camacho, 45 years of Bullhead City, AZ.

This case remains under investigation and no further information will be released at this time. If anyone has information regarding this investigation, they are encouraged to call Investigator Stites at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff Station 951-245-3300 or Investigator Button with the Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777.

Details:

On December 26, 2020, at about 4:01 a.m., deputies from the Lake Elsinore Station were dispatched to a report of a shooting at a residence in the 37000 block of Calle de Lobo, La Cresta. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with two uninjured male residents. They were directed inside where deputies found four males with gunshot wounds. Two males had succumbed to their wounds, and two males were transported to a local hospital, also suffering from gunshot wounds. Deputies secured the area as a crime scene and investigators from the Lake Elsinore Station responded. The Central Homicide Unit also responded and assumed the investigation.

The investigation determined this to be a botched home invasion robbery, involving the suspects and residents to have exchanged gunfire. One of the surviving males and one of the deceased males were determined to be suspects who forced entry into the residence and began assaulting one of the occupants inside, leading to the shooting. At least one additional suspect fled the residence and drove away in an unknown make vehicle.

The identity of the two deceased males will not be released, pending notification to next of kin. The investigation is currently on-going and no further information will be released at this time. If anyone has information regarding this investigation, they are encouraged to call Investigator Stites at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff Station 951-245-3300 or Investigator Button with the Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s Homicide Tipline online form.

For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.

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