California teenager, 17, is seriously injured after being shot in the head by a mysterious shooter who opened fire at the graduation party
- Eric Morales, 17, was shot in the head at a home party in Ontario, California
- He had gathered with other friends who graduated from the Montclair High School
- Friends had tried to remove an unsatisfied guest when the shooting happened
- A description is not yet available for the suspect, who may have fled on foot
A 17-year-old boy was seriously injured when a shooter opened fire at a graduation party in California.
Eric Morales was shot at a party just before 1:00 am to celebrate his recent graduation in a house in the 100-block of West Caroline Court, Ontario, NBC Los Angeles reported.
A group of friends and classmates from the Montclair High School met at the house when an unidentified attacker shot multiple times into the crowd, said the Ontario Police Department.
Eric Morales, 17, was shot during a high school graduation party in Ontario, California
A bullet hit the teenager's head and he was taken to Pomona Valley Hospital where he was reportedly in critical condition.
& # 39; It is still unclear whether the suspect knew the victim or was a guest at the party & # 39 ;, according to the police statement. & # 39; The investigation must identify another motive for the shooting, & # 39; the police said.
It is clear that friends tried to remove an unsatisfied guest when the shots were fired at the party. The police are looking for a shooter who may have left on foot, but they don't have a suspicious description yet.
Eric & # 39; s family have set up a GoFundMe account to cover his medical expenses. He is pictured here with his mother Wendy, (front left) and brother Fernie, (rear center)
A group of friends and classmates from the Montclair High School met at the house when an unknown attacker shot multiple times into the crowd & # 39;
Linda McBride, who lives at the house, told NBC Los Angeles: & # 39; If you think about just being a party with their friends, celebrating graduation, the next step in their life, and making something like that happen, there is nothing worse. & # 39;
A vigil before prayer is scheduled for 7 pm on Tuesday in the cafeteria lobby of Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center.
A GoFundMe The account was set up by the victim's brother and has so far raised nearly $ 13,000 from a $ 30,000 to help with his medical expenses.
His brother wrote: & # 39; My brother is a person who is full of life, shining like the stars, and who embodies the spirit of love.
It is clear that friends tried to remove an unsatisfied guest when the shots were fired at the party. The police have asked people with information to call them at 909-986-6711
The police are looking for a shooter who may have left on foot, but they don't have a suspicious description yet. Candles and flowers are left in the house where the shooting took place
& # 39; Eric recently graduated from Montclair High School, on Wednesday May 22, 2019. As a local Montclair, Eric enjoyed the city cat park and spent time with friends.
& # 39; He had goals to make his parents proud of by training at Mt. San Antonio College in the fall.
& # 39; Our hearts are burning for Eric and we are asking for prayer and healing thoughts as he fights for his life. & # 39;
He asked friends, family and community to donate what they could contribute to his medical expenses.
His brother added: & # 39; Everything makes a difference. We ask for your prayers and positive healing energy. & # 39;
Investigators asked those with information to contact the Ontario police at 909-986-6711 or Detective Joe Tirre at 909-408-1862.
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