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Four charged in shooting of a teenage girl

August 11, 2008

A 14-year-old boy was charged as an adult Monday for allegedly taking part in the July 28 shooting of a teenage girl in a Westside Costa Mesa neighborhood, according to prosecutors.

Oscar Ramos, also known as “Silent,” was charged with attempted murder with a gang enhancement and street terrorism Monday for allegedly being one of four who took part in a shooting in Costa Mesa’s Shalimar neighborhood two weeks ago, authorities said. Ramos is a co-defendant with Cesar Pedroza, 17; Nestor Lopez, 15; and Salvador Burciaga Jr., 19, who is the son of community activist Mirna Burciaga.

The four are collectively charged for Burciaga’s actions, prosecutors said. Authorities claim Burciaga was the one who ran up to a group of teenagers while they were playing basketball asking, “Where you from?” before lifting a shotgun and firing once, wounding a 15-year-old girl. The three other men are charged as accomplices.

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All four are scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 29.

— Joseph Serna


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