Suspect arrested in teen's killing

February 27, 2008 11:45:17 AM PST
The teen who shot another for refusing to buy drugs has been arrested.

Police tell Action News that 17-year-old David Ramirez was captured Tuesday night and faces murder and related charges.

Mark Rodriguez apparently said no when Ramirez offered to sell him drugs.

Ramirez's father was charged in a separate murder last year. Teddy Ramirez was arrested on murder charges back mid-December for the late November murder of a local man named Ramon Alivo. That killing took place in Hunting Park as well. The Ramirez family had recently moved here from Puerto Rico where Teddy Ramirez was being investigated for several violent crimes, including murders.

"It is my worst nightmare come true," said Mirta Rodriguez.

She is mourning her 16-year-old son, Mark. He was shot to death Saturday afternoon outside their apartment house at 7th and Venango. Rodriguez heard multiple gunshots, and then looked out of her second floor window.

"Somebody laying there and I knew it was him. I knew it," she said.

Police said they have the killing on surveillance video from a nearby store.

"What we have is a confrontation that originates over how people are looking at each other. That escalates into a verbal exchange. Ultimately, a gun is produced and someone is shot and killed," said Capt. Michael Costello