The San Bernardino County (California) Sheriff Department reported in a news release that Security Guard Richard Williamson was shot and killed early New Year’s Day.

Williamson, 48, was the owner of “Big Will’s” Security Services Inc. in Riverside. He was contracted to provide security at Cal-Skate Grand Terrace Roller Rink where a group of about 200 families were gathered for an all-night New Year’s Eve Party.   An unknown suspect or suspects commenced firing outside the rink where many were gathered. Williamson confronted the suspect(s) along with another security guard.

Williamson, a second security guard, and a bystander were all shot by the suspects. Williamson was able to return fire. Williamson and the other security guard were transported to a local hospital. Williamson died of his gunshot wounds about an hour later. The other security guard underwent surgery and is listed in serious condition. The bystander was treated at the scene.

Michael Marcoly, a truck driver who witnessed the shooting, thought the gun fire was a part of someone celebrating New Year’s until his semi truck was struck by a hail of bullets. Marcoly stated that he saw the suspect firing into the crowd of families.

Marcoly reported that he saw Williamson get shot. Instead of retreating inside the roller rink, Williamson stood his ground and returned fire. In doing so, he sacrificed himself but saved a large group of young children and families. He died a real hero, no doubt about it.

The suspect or suspects fled the scene and remain at large. The Cal-Skate Grand Terrace Roller Rink was closed and will remain closed until further notice. They are assisting the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department with the homicide investigation by providing security videotapes of the parking lot area which showed the shooting. Hopefully the suspects can be identified from the security video.

Detective Ryan Smith and Sergeant Jason Radeleff of the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department’s Homicide Division are asking any persons who witnessed the shooting or can possibly identify the suspects to contact them at 1 (909) 382-3589 or contact the We-Tip Hotline at (800) 782-7463 or www.wetip.com.

To learn more:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/calif-security-guard-hailed-hero-roller-rink-shootout-article-1.2063931

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/shot-killed-roller-rink-years-party-27959852

http://www.pe.com/articles/rink-757383-guard-information.html

http://ktla.com/2015/01/01/1-dead-2-hurt-in-new-years-eve-party-shooting-outside-grand-terrace-skating-rink/

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Shooting-at-Roller-Rink-Leaves-One-Dead-287296271.html

http://www.sbsun.com/general-news/20150101/shooting-at-new-years-eve-party-in-grand-terrace-leaves-1-dead-2-wounded