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Child dies from gunshot wound

POSTED July 31, 2009 11:11 p.m.
The 10-year-old boy shot during a drive-by shooting on Tuesday has died from his injuries, according to the Modesto Police Department.
The boy was shot once in the head and had been declared brain dead and put on life support. He died Friday as a result of his injuries, said Modesto Police Detective Steven Stanfield.
The drive-by shooting had already claimed the life of one man and injured another.
Around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday Modesto police were dispatched to the 100 block of Santa Barbara Avenue to investigate the report of shots fired with at least one person shot. Officers arrived within moments and found two men and one boy who had been shot, said police spokesman Sgt. Brian Findlen.
One of the men, the boy’s father, Epifanio Ramirez, 34, of Modesto had been shot in one of his fingers. The second man died from his injuries after being transported via ambulance to a local hospital. The deceased man has been identified as 29-year-old Modesto resident Jason Cyphers.
The preliminary investigation suggests that at least two suspects fired a large number of rounds at the home striking the three victims, Findlen said. Detectives believe the 10-year-old boy was wounded while laying in the living room. Police are investigating the possibility that this shooting was gang-related, as Ramirez has connections to the Norteno criminal street gang, according to the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office.
Ramirez was taken to a Bay Area hospital where doctors amputated his finger due to damage caused by the bullet. Upon his release from the hospital on Wednesday, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms arrested Ramirez on a federal no-bail warrant and booked him into the San Francisco County Jail.
On June 19, Modesto police officers arrested Ramirez after locating numerous firearms inside his residence during a probation search, according to the district attorney’s office. He was booked for possession of a controlled substance, possession of stolen property, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a prohibited weapon, felon in possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm with altered/changed numbers, and a probation violation, Findlen said.
On July 16, Deputy District Attorney Thomas Brennan took the case to the federal court in Fresno because of Ramirez’s extensive criminal history and his on-going relationship with criminal street gangs in the Modesto area, Findlen said. The federal grand jury indicted Ramirez on two counts of being a felon in possession of firearms and one count of possessing a sawed-off rifle not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.
“This is precisely why we target certain offenders for Federal prosecution,” Brennan said. “Gang members who arm themselves with firearms are a prescription for disaster. The fact that Ramirez’s 10-year-old son is a victim of gang violence should come as no surprise to anyone with even a slight understanding of the violent nature of criminal street gangs.
“Gang members live by the sword and die by the sword,” he said “Often times truly innocent persons are caught in the cross fire. The shooting of a 10-year-old boy should outrage even hard core gang members.”
Homicide detectives ask anyone with information about the shooting to call the Modesto Police Department at 572-9500 or tipsters can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637. Just type “TIP704” along with your message.

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