By Gina Yarbrough
Ramona, CA–A man was arrested on suspicion of shooting a woman in the leg at her home on Monday in Ramona, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department reports.
Deputies detained 57-year-old John Romeo after he was seen driving away from the residence. Romero lives at the same property as the woman, according to Sheriff’s Department spokesman, Sgt. Jared Anderson.
During the contact, deputies located a usable quantity of narcotics on Romeo. He was arrested for narcotics possession and deputies searched his vehicle. During the search, a loaded 9 mm handgun was located inside his vehicle. Romeo was identified as a prior convicted felon and was currently out on bail. After finding the firearm, Romeo was also arrested for numerous weapons-related charges. He was booked into custody at San Diego Central Jail.
Deputies received a call around 4:30 p.m. of a woman who had been shot in the leg at her residence in the 2100 block of Walnut Street. When deputies arrived, they found a woman in the front yard of the residence bleeding from her calf from an apparent gunshot wound. Initially, she indicated she had been struck by an errant round fired from another property. Paramedics transported the woman to a local area hospital for treatment of her injuries.
Neighbors in the area told investigators the woman had been in an argument with a man just before hearing a gunshot from the property. A man was then observed leaving the area in a vehicle. No other persons were observed shooting in the area.
The woman later refused to provide any further information on how she sustained the wound. It is unknown how she sustained the gunshot wound.
Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the incident.