Suspect arrested in fatal shooting near Ramona convenience store

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SAN DIEGO – A 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of shooting another man to death outside a convenience story in the East County community of Ramona.

Elias Ruiz was booked in to San Diego Central Jail Monday afternoon on one count of murder, according to sheriff’s Lt. Thomas Seiver.

Officers from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol were sent to the 700 block of Main Street just after 12:30 a.m. Monday to investigate reports of gunfire, Seiver said When they arrived, they found the wounded man outside a Circle K gas station and convenience store. They began administering first aid until firefighters arrived and took over.

Despite efforts to save him, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sheriff’s homicide detectives know identity of the victim, but they are not releasing it until the man’s family can be notified, Seiver said. He did not say what led detectives to suspect Ruiz in the shooting or if the Ruiz knew the victim. No other details about the shooting were released.

Anyone with information about the killing was asked to call homicide investigators at 858-285-6330. Informants can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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