CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Police have identified a man killed in a shooting in Chula Vista over the weekend as a 36-year-old military member.
The Chula Vista Police Department started investigating early Saturday morning when someone called 911 about a suspicious car on Marquette Road. Dispatch got a second call about shots fired in the area, and police found a man hurt on the ground just before 12:30 a.m.
Officers started CPR on the victim, identified as Chula Vista resident Ramone Joseph, and he was brought to the hospital, where he died from his injuries. Police said Saturday that officers located a suspect vehicle near the area and chased it but the car got away.
Chula Vista police said they haven’t uncovered a motive in the shooting.
In a Facebook post Sunday, the USS Stetham Public Affairs Office said Joseph, a chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy, “left an indelible mark on each of our Steelworkers through his charismatic speech, sage counseling, and humble approach to mentorship.”
Joseph, a native of Louisiana, enlisted in the Navy in 2004 and joined the USS Stetham in 2019, where he’s said to have served “passionately” as the command career counselor, the office said.
“His cheerful disposition, professional demeanor, and warm smile challenged each of us to persevere through adversity and remain thankful for the blessing of life,” the post reads. “He was a model of our Navy’s core values and the tremendous legacy of our great warship’s namesake.”
The department said its violent crime detectives continue to investigate Joseph’s death. They are asking anyone with information to call 619-691-5075 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.