Kern County Sheriff officials said on Friday that they have arrested two people in connection to a deadly shooting that occurred on New Year's Eve in Wasco. The third suspect is still on the run.
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Officials said on December 31st, 43 year old Ismael Ramirez was shot to death in the 1000 block of 16th Street in Wasco.
WHERE SHOOTING OCCURRED:
During the course of KCSO's investigation, which has been ongoing, detectives were able to identify three suspects; 18 year old Cristian Gomez, 30 year old Vincente Ibarra, and 23 year old Omar Araujo. Detectives were able to obtain arrest warrants for all three suspects charging them with murder.
KCSO officials said On January 13th, Gomez was located at a home in the 1400 block of “D” Street in Wasco by deputies from the Wasco substation and taken into custody.
WHERE DEPUTIES ARRESTED GOMEZ:
He was arrested for murder, conspiracy, attempt murder, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, assault with a deadly weapon, and participating in a criminal street gang. Gomez was in possession of a loaded handgun when arrested.
On January 22nd, Ibarra was located by deputies from the Sheriff’s Office Gang Unit at an apartment in the 2600 block of Poso Dr. in Wasco.
WHERE IBARRA WAS ARRESTED:
Ibarra attempted to flee on foot but was arrested after a short foot pursuit. Ibarra was also in possession of a loaded handgun when he was taken into custody.
He was arrested for murder, conspiracy, attempt murder, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, assault with a deadly weapon, participating in a criminal street gang, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Both Gomez and Ibarra are being held without bail.
Araujo has not been located and the Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s assistance in locating him. He should be considered armed and dangerous. For further information on Araujo see attached wanted poster.
The investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information on this case they are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110 or Secret Witness at 661-322-4040.