A man was shot to death Monday morning while waiting for a ride to work outside his home northeast of Exeter.
Neighbors said Frederico Acuna, 30, was a field worker who was usually out waiting to be picked up for work at that time, about 5:45 a.m.
Later that afternoon, Elias Alberto Zurita Ramos, 23, of Lindsay was arrested on suspicion of murdering Acuna, the Tulare County Sheriff's Department reported.
The department had also searched Ramos' home.
The shooting occurred on Eaton Road, just a few yards from Highway 198, where a small cluster of homes are located.
Kerry Dalberg, who lives nearby, said he was asleep when he heard a boom. "I thought it was a wreck," he said.
He said he and others went outside to see what happened and saw Acuna. He had walked a few yards from the place where he was shot to the front door of his home and collapsed. He said a woman there was pressing a towel to wounds to his chest.
"He was saying 'I don't want to die. I don't want to die,' " Dalberg said. He was also telling some of the people around him that he loved them, he added.
Acuna was taken by ambulance to Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia, where he was pronounced dead at about 6:45 a.m.
A sheriff's report states that Acuna was shot multiple times in the upper body by someone who either drove up near him or approached him on foot.
The shooting doesn't appear to be gang-related, the report states.
Acuna is listed on the Megan's Law website — with the first name of "Federico" — as a registered sex offender for a 2003 conviction on a charge of lewd and lascivious acts with a child younger than 14. The site states he was released in 2010.
A man at Acuna's home who identified himself as his brother declined to be interviewed Monday.
As for the suspect in the case, a sheriff's press release didn't state how detectives connected Ramos to the killing, where he was located or a possible motive for the shooting.
Detectives were still questioning him late Monday afternoon.
Anyone with information that could help investigators is asked to call 800-808-0488. Anonymous tips also can be called or sent by text message to 725-4194. They also can be emailed to email@example.com. ..Source.. by DAVID CASTELLON
Lindsay man pleads not guilty to murder
A Lindsay man arrested in connection with the shooting of an Exeter man is being charged with murder.
Elias Alberto Zurita Ramos, 23, of Lindsay pleaded not guilty during an arraignment on July 27 at the Pretrial Facility where he is being held without bail.
Ramos is being charged with one count of murder and discharging a firearm in commission of a felony- PC12022.53(d). Ramos returned to court yesterday to set a date for his preliminary hearing, which was unavailable as of press time.
The shooting happened in the early morning on July 25 in the 21000 block of Avenue 296, or Highway 198. Frederico Acuna, 30, of Exeter was waiting in front of his home for a ride to work when he was shot multiple times in the upper body.
A neighboring resident called 911 at about 5:45 a.m. and deputies responded to the scene on Eaton Road at the base of Badger Hill just off Highway 198.
Deputies arrived and paramedics transported Acuna to the Kaweah Delta Medical Center. He later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at approximately 6:45 a.m. at the hospital.
Detectives from the Violent Crimes and Forensic Investigations Units were called to take over the case.
The case does not appear to be gang related but Acuna is a registered sex offender, except his name is listed as Frederico Acuna Lira. According to the Megan’s Law website, Acuna was convicted of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 in 2003 and released in 2010.
The Sheriff’s Department has not released any motive behind the crime. ..Source.. by Sun Gazette