Two dead after murder-suicide at Rancho Mirage medical complex

Two people are dead after a shooting Friday morning at a medical center in the city of Rancho Mirage.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department confirmed on Twitter that two adults were found dead inside of a medical office at Highway 111 and Indian Trail.

The department stressed that there is no threat to the public and added there are no outstanding suspects.

Police were called to the facility at about 9:30 am for a report of shots fired.  A witness told KESQ that they heard “at least five gunshots.”

UPDATE 2/15: The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has identified the victims as 67-year-old, Palm Springs resident, Dr. David Duffner, according to KESQ.  Officials said that Walter Carter, a 63-year-old Desert Hot Springs resident entered the medical office, shot Duffner, then shot himself in a murder-suicide.

“We mourn the tragic passing of Dr. David Duffner, a long-time leader and member of the Medical Staff at Desert Regional Medical Center,” the Desert Care Networks said in  Facebook post on Saturday. “Dr. Duffner was a friend to many in the Coachella Valley and will be deeply missed by those of us who knew and worked with him over the years,” according to Michele Finney, CEO of the Desert Care Network.”


4 COMMENTS

  1. To think… this could have been avoided had the perpetrator went next door to STRESS MANAGEMENT YOGA instead…

  2. As a citizen of the desert I’m glad, the tourism is out of control, especially here in la Quinta and Palm desert, the desert has survived for years without the weekend tourism with just the snow birds and festival/golf/tennis attendees we don’t need these LA people coming down every weekend. It’s terrible for the people who actually have to live here everyday.

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