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Who is Alberto Ramirez? NYC gangster, 16, who killed man with stray bullet had 3 gun busts

Alberto Ramirez killed Eric Velasquez when was out of jail after a judge reduced his bail
UPDATED JUN 10, 2021
Alberto Ramirez from Young Gunnaz gang was arrested on June 7 in connection to Eric Velasquez's murder in May (Bronx District Attorney's Office)
Alberto Ramirez from Young Gunnaz gang was arrested on June 7 in connection to Eric Velasquez's murder in May (Bronx District Attorney's Office)

Alberto Ramirez, 16, a high-ranking member of the street gang "Young Gunnaz" or "YG" gang was arrested on Monday, June 7, 2021. He is in custody in relation to shooting an innocent father of a two-year-old, Eric Velasquez, while out on a rival gang's turf in May 2021. Law enforcement has confirmed the same and the teen has pleaded not guilty to the charges leveled against him. New York City saw a series of shootings, including Jameik Bishop who cops suspected, had connections to the street gang 20/30 Group which may have contributed to his death.

Velasquez was hit by a stray bullet which Ramirez shot blindly into a crowd. He was named for his involvement in three gun busts in four months prior to his arrest in the shooting of Velasquez. His bail reduction by Bronx judge Denis Boyle is being deemed responsible for the reason Ramirez was out on the streets despite committing crimes. He was being held on $75,000 bail when acting Supreme Court Justice Boyle lowered the amount to $10,000 cash or $25,000 bond over prosecution objections on March 2, Bronx District Attorney's Office said on June 9. Another mindless gang-related shooting had taken place in May in NYC where Shalimar Birkett, a mom-of-two was shot after allegedly setting foot on a gang member's foot


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Who is Alberto Ramirez?

Alberto Ramirez fired the bullet that claimed the life of Eric Velasquez who was walking with a cousin past a dice game in front of 340 East 184th Street in Fordham Heights at 12:30 am on May 16, according to sources. Ramirez had allegedly opened fire indiscriminately, after entering the territory that was controlled by the rival "Slattery Avenue Boys" gang. Sources add this practice of shooting bullets in another gang's territory is referred to as "spinning the block" in street terms. 

Ramirez is charged with second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. If found guilty, the teenager stands to face 25 years to life in prison. Ramirez was first put behind bars after being arrested on October 21 last year following a shooting inside a Bronx apartment. He was with two of his friends when he allegedly dropped a loaded handgun that fired a round through a wall and into an adjacent apartment, a New York Post report stated citing sources.

Young Gunnaz gang members (Reddit)

Three firearms were seized from the apartment after cops acquired a warrant to search the apartment where the shot came from. Ramirez was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. His case was then transferred to Family Court with the consent of prosecutors, sources said. Two months later, on December 12, he was once charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon after being caught with a loaded and defaced .25-caliber pistol. At his arraignment the next day, his bail was set at $2,000 but Boyle set him free without bail, the DA's office said.

In February 2021, he allegedly shot himself while walking near the Slattery Avenue Boys turf. He told cops he was confronted by three males, one of whom shot him but surveillance footage exposed his lie. He was arrested on February 23 and charged with reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon, and falsely reporting an incident, according to sources.