Modesto Police Homicide Detectives have learned that the suspects involved in yesterday’s shooting in south Modesto was related to a drug transaction gone bad.
On Tuesday May 1, 2012, at about 12:47 P.M., Modesto Police officers were called to a residence in the 1500 block of Dezzani Lane in south Modesto for a report of a shooting. When officers arrived they located two adult male victims in the front of the residence suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers located a third shooting victim inside the residence who was deceased. Emergency personnel transported the two surviving victims to local hospitals where they remain in stable condition. The deceased male found inside the home has been identified as Ivan Ramirez, a 32-year-old Rio Dell resident.
Witnesses told officers the suspects were two Hispanic male adults, who were seen fleeing the residence in a 2-door black Mercedes car.
At about 4:12 P.M, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 5200 block of Prairie Flower Road in Ceres, for a male found deceased in a driveway to a residence. It appeared this deceased male was dropped off at this location. Modesto Police detectives responded to the scene and determined this deceased male was connected to the shooting on Dezzani Lane.
Homicide detectives have confirmed the deceased male was one of the suspects who fled in the black Mercedes. The deceased suspect has been identified as Armando Rubio, a 31-year-old Modesto resident, who had recently been released from state prison under the AB109 Prison Realignment program. Rubio died from a gunshot wound. In addition, police have recovered the black Mercedes on a rural road near Ceres.
The other suspect who fled in the black Mercedes with Rubio has been identified as Victor Efren Navar, a 35-year-old Modesto resident.
Although the investigation is still ongoing, the initial investigation has revealed the shooting was a result of a drug deal gone bad. It appears there was an exchange of gun fire between the involved parties at the residence, which left four people shot, two of which have died.