WATERFORD — A 20-year-old Waterford man died early Tuesday after being shot in Waterford in what investigators are calling a gang-related incident.
According to the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, deputies responded to a report of a shooting in the 300 block of B Street at 1:30 a.m.
A man said his friend had been shot in front of the house.
Deputies found Mario Ramos-Alvarez with a single gunshot wound. He was taken by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center, where he died.
Witnesses reported seeing a dark-colored, four-door compact vehicle in the area. A passenger in the vehicle, wearing a red baseball cap, reportedly fired a handgun at Ramos-Alvarez and the witness as the car passed by the residence. The other man was not hit.
Homicide detectives were called to the scene, just a few blocks from downtown Waterford and less than a block from Waterford Junior High and Elementary schools.
A check of Stanislaus County Superior Court records shows that Ramos-Alvarez has a criminal conviction for being an accessory to a crime after the fact from 2011. He pleaded no contest and received probation.
Investigators have few leads in the case and are asking for the public's help.
They ask anyone with information about the case to call Detective Frank Soria at (209) 525-7080.
This is the second gang-related homicide in Stanislaus County in less than a week.
On Thursday night, 25-year-old Miguel Ramirez was fatally shot in Patterson near Felipe Garza Park. Detectives continue to look into that case.
Sheriff Adam Christianson has made reassembling the department's gang unit a priority and has said he hopes to have it staffed by next month.