Photo: Brian Kevin Kumpe
Originally published as a Hemet Police Department Facebook post –
“At about 9:27pm on Sunday, August 15th, callers to 911 reported a shooting had occurred in the 400 block of N. Elk Street and that two people had been hit by gunfire. Two Hemet police officers were a couple blocks away on another call at that time and began responding to the area after they heard the same gunshots. Officers arrived on-scene to find two (2) victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Both were adult females and the shooter(s) had fled the scene. One of the women died at the scene and the other was transported in critical condition via ambulance to an area hospital.
At about 4:40pm today, investigators arrested a 38 year old Hemet man for the shootings of two women on Elk Street in Hemet Sunday night. Brian Kevin Kumpe was located and arrested in San Jacinto this afternoon after detectives worked throughout the night developing leads and following the clues that led them to identify Kumpe as the shooter in this tragic and senseless incident. Kumpe is believed to be the driver of the dark colored Chevrolet Tahoe SUV described by witnesses who pulled alongside the two victims on Sunday. Kumpe shot the two women, who were still in their car, and then fled the scene in the same Chevy Tahoe. The SUV was also located today and is being processed by crime scene technicians for evidence.
Investigators learned that a previous disagreement between Kumpe and at least one of the two women resulted in Kumpe shooting them when the three adults crossed paths Sunday night in the 400 block of N. Elk Street. There are no additional suspects being sought in regard to this shooting.
The identity of the deceased victim is not being released pending family notification. Due to the serious injuries of the second victim, investigators have not yet been able to positively confirm her identity, but hope to speak with her more as her condition improves.
Brian Kevin Kumpe, 38 years from Hemet, is currently being processed at the Hemet Police Department and will be transported to Riverside County Jail. He will be booked for Murder w/Firearm, Attempted Murder w/Firearm, and various other charges.”