San Antonio police are investigating a fatal shooting on the East Side.
A San Antonio man has been charged in connection with last month’s shooting death of 2-year-old Juelz Emily Gonzalez.
Joshua Christopher Ramirez, the boyfriend of the toddler’s mother, was charged this week by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms with being a felon in possession of a firearm, a federal felony.
According to news reports, the child’s mother called San Antonio police on Feb. 18 to report that the toddler had shot herself with a gun at a South Side home.
First responders went to the home in the 100 block of Dublin Avenue and found a child with a gunshot to the head. Paramedics transported the girl to a hospital, where she was taken to the intensive care unit, but eventually died.
Investigators said she was at the home with her mom and her mom’s boyfriend when the shooting happened.
When police arrived, Ramirez was not there, court records show. After getting a search warrant, police found a black duffel bag beside a trash can outside, by the driveway. The bag contained a Glock .40-caliber handgun, with a single spent shell casing in the ejection port. Officers also found clothing and hygiene products for a man in the bag.
During a recorded interview with Child Protective Services, the girl’s mother said Ramirez sells illegal drugs from a hotel because he is not allowed to sell drugs from the Dublin home, and that Ramirez had packed the duffel bag in preparation to travel to the hotel to sell illegal drugs for the evening.
During a recorded interview with San Antonio police, the mother admitted that Ramirez is her boyfriend and that the girl shot herself with the handgun.
Ramirez appeared Feb. 20 in front of San Antonio police for a voluntary interview, and admitted that he is a convicted felon but denied possession of the firearm.
“Ramirez initially denied possession of the duffel bag but changed his statement and admitted he and the juvenile’s mother owned the bag together,” an affidavit said. “Ramirez also admitted to living at the residence and being present at the time of the shooting.”
Ramirez was convicted in 2011 of aggravated assault on a public servant and received a six-year prison sentence after his probation was revoked from a 2008 drug-possession case, records show. He was released from state prison system in 2015, the records said.
Ramirez faces up to 10 years in federal prison if convicted of the new gun charge.
Paternal relatives of the child set up a GoFundMe account to collect donations for her memorial services. As of this week, it had raised $5,835 of its $15,000 goal.
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Guillermo has been with the Express-News for 10 years, and has covered federal court and its investigative agencies for most of that time. He has also covered immigration, minority affairs and legal affairs as part of the projects team here and for other print, TV and radio outlets. Guillermo has also worked in Central America, Mexico, New Mexico, Arizona and California and his work has appeared in various publications, including the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, New York Post, Newsday, Denver Post and the Albuquerque Journal.