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A Monterey County Sheriff's Deputy stands outside the El Torero Restaurant and Bar where four people were shot Nov. 21. Photo: Tarmo Hannula/ The Pajaronian

UPDATE: Suspect turns himself in to Watsonville Police Department.


Two people were killed and two were injured in a shooting at a Pajaro bar early Tuesday morning.

According to Monterey County Undersheriff Keith Boyd, deputies responded to El Torero Bar at 540 Salinas Road just after 1am for a report of a shooting.

Upon arrival, deputies found a man dead from an apparent gunshot wound. 

Later Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office named Sergio Carranza Ramos, 47, of Watsonville as a suspect in the case. They said he was last seen driving a dark gray or blue 2014 Chevy Silverado pickup with a California license plate, 81545R1.

Sergio Carranza Ramos

Three female victims were also found at the scene who had suffered gunshot wounds. They were taken to Natividad Medical Center, where one of them later died.

The historic building, with a string of apartments across the second floor, was surrounded by strands of yellow crime scene tape and a Sheriff’s deputy was parked outside the building to help secure the crime scene later in the morning.

Sister Rosa Delores, director of nearby Casa de la Cultura, stopped by to talk to the owners of the building.

“We’ve been here for the past 30 years, and I know the community well and I know the owners,” she said. “This is very sad. I’ve gotten some calls from the relatives. Our community has suffered quite a bit, the flood, the damages. This area right here was flooded. This is a real sadness and it’s been a struggle for the owners of this business. You don’t expect this kind of thing to happen right here in your community. But this community knows how to come together to make a difference. They need to know that we are behind them.”

The deceased woman is a 36-year-old San Jose resident. No information has been released on the man who was killed. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Investigations Division at 755.3700 or Sgt. Kennedy at 755.3773. 

Ramos is considered armed and dangerous.

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