Photo: BB Guns Collected at the Scene
Originally Published By: Banning Police Department Facebook Page:
“On 08/18/22, at approximately 6:24 PM, Banning Police Officers responded to the area of Malki Road and Seminole Drive, in the unincorporated Riverside County area of Cabazon, to assist the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, and Morongo Tribal Police with a traffic stop related to reports of subjects shooting from a vehicle. The Banning Police Department, Beaumont Police Department, and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department all received reports of a vehicle, occupied by several subjects who were shooting from the vehicle.
Several victims reported being shot at with possible BB guns, including one reporting she was assaulted in the parking lot near Hobby Lobby at 300 S. Highland Springs Avenue, Banning. During the investigation it was revealed that the vehicle was occupied by two adults, Joseph Marc Anthony Gastelum (18 years old) and Jaden Rivir Sanchez (20 years old), and three juveniles ages 15 to 17. The occupants were in possession of four SplatRBall blasters and one loaded Polymer80 unregistered “Ghost Gun.” The investigation revealed that the subjects were driving through Banning, Beaumont and Cabazon, using the SplatRBall blasters to commit assaults on citizens in the area.
It is believed that the activity could be related to a recent TikTok trend occurring in several areas across the country. All subjects were arrested and later booked into Riverside County Jail or Riverside County Juvenile Hall.”