Crime

May 5, 2013

Wheelchair-bound man sought in south Modesto shooting

Sheriff's deputies are looking for a man in a wheelchair suspected of fatally shooting one relative and wounding another during a south Modesto party early Sunday. Ricardo Ramirez, 32, and Fidel Ramirez, 62, both of Modesto, were found with gunshot wounds on the front lawn of a house at 2:45 a.m., the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department reported.

Sheriff's deputies are looking for a man in a wheelchair suspected of fatally shooting one relative and wounding another during a south Modesto party early Sunday.

Ricardo Ramirez, 32, and Fidel Ramirez, 62, both of Modesto, were found with gunshot wounds on the front lawn of a home in the 1400 block of Garden Avenue at 2:45 a.m., the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department reported.

"We responded to several 911 calls of shots fired and possibly two people shot," Sgt. Anthony Bejaran said in an email. "We arrived and found two victims."

He said the father and son were heard arguing with a cousin, 35-year-old Rigoberto Rosales of Modesto, when gunshots were fired. Deputies have been unable to locate Rosales.

Bejaran said it has been difficult to gather information on the case because the family has been uncooperative.

A homicide arrest warrant has been issued for Rosales, who suffers from paralysis. Authorities said he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Ricardo Ramirez was unconscious when deputies arrived, and, after emergency personnel attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation, was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy is scheduled for today.

Fidel Ramirez was transported to a hospital and is expected to survive, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Bejaran said homicide detectives and crime scene investigators worked through the night examining the scene and interviewing witnesses.

A family party was being held in the front yard of the home. The victims did not live at the residence.

Anyone with information about this investigation can call Detective Jon McQueary at (209) 525-7099. Anonymous tips can be left by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tips can be forwarded at www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers" target="_blank">, or by texting them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" with a message. Tipsters can be eligible for a reward.

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