Cathedral City Police Department Press Release

Shooting Investigation / #2003C-5346

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: Cathedral City Police (760) 770-0300

Issuing Employee: Commander Paul Herrera – 760-770-0308 –
Type of Case: Shooting Investigation / #2003C-5346

Location of Occurrence: 29000 block of Avenida La Vista, Cathedral City, CA


Name:   Unknown
City of Residence:


Name:   Ruben Hernandez
Age:     43
City of Residence:  Cathedral City, CA

Summary (updated):

On March 23, 2020, at approximately 1844 hours, Cathedral City Police Dispatch received 911 telephone calls reporting gunfire heard in the area of Avenida La Vista and Tortuga Road (located in the in the Panorama residential neighborhood of Cathedral City).  Police were dispatched and arrived at a residence in the 29000 block of Avenida La Vista at 1850 hours.  Inside the home, Police located at least one adult male and one juvenile gunshot victim that required medical care.  Cathedral City Police Paramedics arrived to treat the gunshot victims and handled the medical transport of the juvenile.

Unfortunately, the adult male (later identified as Ruben Hernandez,43,of Cathedral City) succumbed to his injuries at the scene and was pronounced deceased by paramedics.  The juvenile (a pre-teen girl) was transported to a Regional Trauma Center then transported to another hospital and remains in stable condition.  The scene was secured and the circumstances surrounding the shooting are being investigated by Cathedral City Police detectives.  At this time, very little information is available other than an unidentified person approached the residence and shot at the victim while the victim was standing near the front door area of the residence.

Cathedral City Police Department detectives are actively working leads in this case, however, the Police Department is asking for assistance from the community – if you have information related to this incident or believe you may have information, please contact Cathedral City Police Detectives at 760-770-0300 / Detective Sergeant Rick Sanchez at 760-202-2488 or via the Cathedral City Police Department website at:

If you have information possibly associated with this incident, you may also report your information anonymously through the WeTip hotline at: 1-(800)-78-CRIME or  Some tip information may qualify for a cash reward.

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