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2 alleged trespassers shot by I.E. homeowner

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

November 27, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Two suspected trespassers were shot by a homeowner in Mead Valley who said he heard the suspects rattling his fence.According to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, the man heard the suspicious sound around 6 p.m. Friday at his home located in the 16000 block of Gardner Avenue and went outside to investigate - rifle in hand.

Once outside, the homeowner, whose name was not released, said he was hit over the head with a baseball bat.

The three struggled on the ground, grappling over control of the rifle. That's when the homeowner fired off three to five rounds. Both alleged trespassers were hit.

Kenneth Hergenreder, 41, and Fred Hergenreder, 43, were later found nearby and taken to an area hospital. Deputies recovered a baseball bat, rifle and knife from the men.

No arrests were made and the incident remained under investigation.

Mead Valley is an unincorporated area of south of Riverside.

City News Service contributed to this report.