Police name man who was shot in Turlock

July 9, 2009 

BA Crime scene

(BART AH YOU/bahyou@modbee.com) Homicide scene at the Brentwood Apartments in Turlock. July 8, 2009

BART AH YOU — Modesto Bee

TURLOCK — The Stanislaus County coroner's office Thursday identified the man shot to death in a Turlock apartment complex as 29- year-old Rafael Ruiz.

Authorities said Ruiz is from Huntington Park in Los Angeles County, and Turlock police said he was a visitor at the Brentwood Apartments.

Police received a 911 call at 6:51 p.m. Tuesday with the caller reporting hearing at least one gunshot and seeing several people leaving the apartment. Officers found Ruiz in the apartment with at least one gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sgt. Russ Holeman said police have not recovered the murder weapon.

Holeman said police are interviewing several people of interest in the case. Holeman said investigators do not believe the shooting was gang-related, but have not ruled out whether it was drug- related. "It's still up in the air," Holeman said.

A neighbor at the complex, who declined to give his name, said a white woman in her 60s and her adult son moved into the apartment about a month ago.

When police arrived, no one was in the apartment except for the victim, Holeman said.

The shooting occurred in a ground-floor apartment near the pool, according to residents.

The sprawling apartment complex is a few blocks from the Police Department. It borders East Hawkeye Avenue, North Denair Avenue and Wayside Drive.

Turlock police ask anyone with information about this homicide to call Detective Sergio Perez at 668-5550, ext. 6744, or Crime Stoppers at 521-4636.

Bee staff writer Merrill Balassone can be reached at mbalassone@modbee.com or 578-2337.

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