Eva Knott 6:37 p.m., May 25
A 16-year-old boy was inside rival gang-territory in Oceanside, marking walls there with his own gang’s graffiti, when he abruptly came face-to-face with a resident teen who recognized him, and that’s when the invader fired his shotgun, according to testimony today.
Samuel Ortega Ricardez, 16, was “startled” when he happened upon Antonio Carachuri Perez, 17, in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 11, 2012. Perez was relaxing with family members in the front courtyard of the apartments where they lived when Ricardez appeared in front of him and Perez said, “What the fuck?” according to an Oceanside police gang specialist.
Detective Keli Garcia said Ricardez made incriminating statements in a recorded interview at OPD headquarters after the shooting. Ricardez had turned 16 years old just ten days before the alleged shooting and is now being prosecuted as an adult.
Ricardez told the detective that while he ran from the scene he heard other shots fired and he believed that he was being shot at, Detective Garcia said, and then Ricardez threw his shotgun into some high grass behind a palm tree.
The shooting victim, Perez, was declared dead on the operating table at 5:20 a.m., according to Dr. Patricia Ogera. The San Diego County deputy medical examiner said she found approximately 100 “bird shot” sized pellets inside the lower right abdomen of the deceased.
Superior Court Judge Daniel Goldstein ordered Ricardez held on murder and other charges at the end of the preliminary hearing April 3 2012 in the Vista courthouse.