Double Shooting in La Quinta Sends Two to Hospital
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LA QUINTA - A man is in jail after an overnight shooting in the La Quinta Cove sent two people to the hospital. The incident happened on the 53-000 block of Avenida Herrera. Police say three men were involved in an altercation when the suspect fired shots ultimately sending the other two men to the hospital.
Cove resident Daisy Torres decided today would be a good day to spruce up her front yard. Little did she know the night before, gun shots were fired just blocks from her home. "I was surprised because I’ve never heard of such a thing here,” says Torres.
Residents of the Cove say they’re shocked to hear of a double shooting in their neighborhood. They say this sort of thing just doesn’t happen here. "It's very safe. The police respond up here lickity-split,” says resident Lee Albert. "I always work at night and come home around 12:30a.m. and never hear anything or see anything strange or see strangers. I feel very safe,” says Torres.
Jose Lopez just moved here from Chicago. He says he and his wife took their time picking the perfect home. "We looked at a couple of options. We went to Indian Wells and Rancho Mirage before we decided to be here; that this was the best place to be,” says Lopez.
Police say 24-year-old Robert Santos of La Quinta shot the victims inside a car in front of a home following an argument with Santos. Both of the victims suffered non-life threatening injuries and drove themselves to the hospital. Santos was booked into Indio County Jail for two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
Residents say news like this is rare. "It's very family oriented. We take care of one another here,” says Albert. "We feel very welcome and we walk during the day and at night. It's well lit. It seems like there are a lot of families with their babies and their strollers,” says Lopez.
Despite the shooting scare, Albert adds one way to stay safe is to have the proper lighting. "My house is well-lit. It's got all kind of security around it. So do my neighbors so I can't tell you how safe we really feel in this neighborhood.”
The case is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Department.