A 28-year-old man was killed in a shooting that also injured two people on Sunday night at a restaurant in Temecula after he allegedly tried to quell an argument between other patrons.
Desmond Dyas, identified by his family on Monday, was killed in the incident reported at around 10:40 p.m. at the Bank restaurant in Temecula’s old town.
Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the case in block 28600 Old Town Front Street and found three people who had been shot.
One of them was pronounced dead at the scene and the other two people were taken to hospital. The sheriff’s department did not disclose their conditions on Monday evening.
Ceddrick Newton, who raised Dyas like his son, remembers the 28-year-old as a devoted and loving father to his 4-year-old daughter.
“His daughter was his world,” he said. “She loves her father.”
“I don’t even know how I can look my granddaughter in the face right now, even to imagine I can tell her what’s going on,” he said.
The family, Newton said, have tried to “keep the faith,” but it has been a struggle as Dyas’ death comes just over three years after his brother, Ceddrick Newton Jr., was shot dead in 2018. .
Newton Jr., 23, was shot and killed in Hemet in November 2018, Press-Enterprise reported. Two people have been arrested in connection with this shooting.
“We’re not good at the moment,” Newton said. “We’re not good at all.
Amanda Lane, co-owner of the bank, said Dyas was a former employee and was visiting the restaurant on Sunday to celebrate a promotion he received at another restaurant.
Lane was not present during the shooting but said she had reviewed security footage from the event.
Dyas intervened after “words were exchanged between two people: the shooter and someone else,” she said.
“Desmond actually tried to intervene in the situation and calm everything down,” she said.
The situation appeared to be resolved before the suspect started shooting, she said.
The suspect “laughed with him, patting him on the back. It sounded good. And then, I can’t even tell you, like something was going on in her head, ”she said. “One second he was hugging Desmond, the next second he shot her [multiple] time.”
“He was part of the family,” she says.
Los Angeles Times