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Posted on Jan 21, 2016

Drive-by shooting suspect in custody

Staff report

Police have taken into custody one of two Quincy men who are suspected to have been involved in a drive-by shooting here on Sunday.
On Tuesday, police arrested Javier Ramos Ramirez, 18, on charges of drive-by shooting. Ramirez is suspected to be the driver in the incident, said Quincy Police Chief Bob Heimbach.
Police on Wednesday were looking for Alejandro V. Rodriguez, 23. Police suspect Rodriguez was in the passenger seat when the shooting occurred, Heimbach said.
Police also have recovered the gun that is believed to be the one used in the Sunday incident, Heimbach said. Shells removed from the scene match those used by the gun, he said.
Police received reports about 9 p.m. on Sunday of a shooting in the 400 to 500 block of 8th Avenue Southeast. Reports also indicated that shots had come from the driver’s side of a black Cadillac with big rims, which was headed from Quincy toward Ephrata, Sgt. Paul Snyder said.
Bullets fired from the moving car narrowly missed hitting a man and two young children inside a parked car.
“It was very close, actually,” Snyder said.
The car the bullets came from had followed the victim’s car for some distance and shots were fired when it stopped to park, he said.
No one was injured. Three shots were fired, all striking the car. Bullets hit the front, middle and back of the driver’s side of the car. The children were in the back seat and the man was in the driver’s seat.
Ephrata police soon after found a car matching the black Cadillac’s description at a gas station and questioned the two male occupants, who gave Quincy as their hometown. Police seized the car and requested a search warrant.
Heimbach said investigators have no motive for the shooting but noted that the suspects have gang ties.