OXNARD : Killing May Have Been Retaliation

A man fatally shot outside a south Oxnard coin-operated laundry was identified Tuesday as 19-year-old Rene Ramirez of Oxnard, and police said they were investigating the possibility he was killed in retaliation for an earlier gang-related slaying.

Ramirez was gunned down around 8 p.m. Monday in the back parking lot of the Wash 'N' Go Laundromat at 155 E. Pleasant Valley Road in Oxnard. After being shot, Ramirez ran to the front of the business, where he was found by police.

Ramirez later died in the emergency room of St. John's Regional Medical Center. An autopsy showed he died of a gunshot wound to the chest, Deputy Coroner Zelmira Isaac said.

Several witnesses to the shooting told police that the killing was done in retaliation for the fatal drive-by shooting of Ruben Hernandez two weeks ago at the Liquor Cellar at 100 W. Channel Islands Blvd.

"We're looking to see if it was retaliation; we're not sure yet," police spokesman David Keith said.

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