Teen killed in likely gang shooting

DOWNEY - A 19-year-old Downey resident riding his bicycle in south Downey was shot and killed early Monday in a shooting police say is likely gang-related.Downey police officers responding to a "shots fired" call shortly before 3 a.m. found Genaro Ramirez suffering from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen near Earnshaw Avenue and Prichard Street, near Golden Park, authorities said. Paramedics transported Ramirez to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood where he died. Ramirez was in grave condition when officers arrived and not able to provide much information to police, said Sgt. Alex Irizabal with the Downey Police Department. Irizabal said the shooting was "most likely" gang-related. Friends and family of Ramirez gathered at a makeshift memorial this week at Dorian Street and Barlin Avenue. "He was such a funny guy, always made me laugh," said a young woman, who declined to be identified. "He wasn't perfect but he didn't deserve to go out like this." Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Detective Jason Klevos at (562) 904-2336 or Detective Rolando Renteria at (562) 904-4052.

********** Published: October 20, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 27