Attempt Robbery Results in Tragic Death of Siblings

February 2, 2004

Los Angeles: On Saturday, January 31, 2004, at about 11:00 p.m., the victims; brother and sister Jason Ramos, 16 years-old and Shulma Ramos, 17 years-old, along with a 20 year-old male Hispanic, and two 18 year-old male Hispanics friends, were in a caravan looking for a party in the area of the 3100 block of West Adams Boulevard. They parked their cars and one of the 18 year-olds stepped out of his vehicle to ask about the party. A male Black approached him, pointed a gun at him and demanded that he take off his Boston Celtics Jersey. He started to take off his jersey and for no apparent reason the suspect began shooting at one of the parked cars. The driver of that vehicle immediately drove away from the shooting scene, but was forced to stop nearby, because the injuries to the victims demanded immediate medical attention.
Los Angeles City Fire Department paramedics arrived at the scene and took the 17 and 18 year-old males to a local hospital were they were treated and released. Tragically, 16 year-old Jason Ramos died at the scene and his 17 year-old sister Shulma Ramos was taken to a local hospital were she also died. The initial 18 year-old victim of the Attempt Robbery was not injured.
The suspect sought is described as a male Black, about 5’10 to 6’00 tall and 210 to 250 pounds. His vehicle is described as a possible Sports Utility Vehicle or Ford Explorer, light in color.
The motive for this shooting is robbery.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call Southwest Homicide Detectives at 213-485-2417. On weekends and during off-hours contact the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, at 1-877-LAWFULL or 1-877-529-3855.
This news release was prepared by Public Information Officer Lucy Diaz, Media Relations Section, at 213-485-3586.