One dead following a shooting spree in Stockton; two arrested

The Associated Press
Thursday December 27, 2001

STOCKTON — A Stockton man accused of going on a shooting spree on Christmas, shooting his father, the mother of his 7-month-old son and then fatally shooting her mother was booked Wednesday on murder charges, officials said. 

Ramiro Gonzalez Jr., 23, was also charged with four counts of attempted murder, said Nelida Stone, a spokeswoman for the San Joaquin Sheriff’s Department. His girlfriend, Jeanette Molina, 20, was charged on identical counts, plus charges that she was an accessory to the crimes, Stone said. 

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report around 2 p.m. Tuesday that a man had shot his father in the head, Stone said. Ramiro Gonzalez Sr., 51, was transported to an area hospital. 

“The father is in critical condition and on life support,” Stone said. 

The shooter fled the scene of the attack, went about eight blocks away and allegedly kicked in the door to a residence where the mother of his child, Mona Lisa Espinoza, 21, held their 7-month-old son, Stone said. 

The alleged shooter fired and wounded Espinoza then turned and shot and killed Espinoza’s mother Maria Alicia Espinoza, 42. The daughter was treated and released, Stone said. 

Gonzalez then reportedly barricaded himself in at the residence until a Stockton S.W.A.T. team member talked him into surrendering at 8:20 p.m. after a tense stand-off. More than 50 police officers and sheriff’s deputies were at the scene as it unfolded. 

Gonzalez and Molina were at that point taken into custody without incident, Stone said. 

Molina was charged investigators believe “she was with him when he shot his dad and she was also with him and apparently was the driver when he went to the other address,” Stone said. 

Both are expected to be arraigned in court Friday, she said. 

Detectives were still searching for the weapons used and the vehicle the suspects were driving, she said.