Two men have been arrested on murder charges for the shooting death that occurred on the 3800 block of West Ramsey Street on Tuesday.
On Sept. 18, 2018, Banning Police Department patrol personnel responded to the area of the 3800 block of W. Ramsey Street in the City of Banning, in regards to a male that had been shot.
Officers arrived at the location and located a male adult suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Paramedics soon arrived and administered medical aid; however, the male succumbed to his injuries.
Detectives from the Banning Police Department arrived on scene and assumed the homicide investigation. During the early stages of the investigation detectives were able to identify the suspect vehicle and the license plate of the vehicle through video surveillance.
It was discovered that the registered owner of the vehicle was Patrick Soward, 61, from Banning. Detectives were able to obtain Soward’s address from his vehicle registration. Additionally, Detectives obtained additional video surveillance and were able to positively identify Soward and Andrew Elijah Delgado, 20, of Banning, as being responsible for the murder. The victim’s name is being withheld until next of kin are located and notified.
As detectives continued their investigation, they were able to confirm that Soward and Delgado were at Soward’s residence in the 1500 block of North Murray Street in Banning. A search warrant was obtained for Soward’s residence. Detectives served the search warrant at 11 p.m. and surrounded Soward’s residence. Moments later, both Soward and Delgado surrendered without incident.
During the course of serving the search warrant on Soward’s residence, additional evidence was obtained, showing Soward and Delgado’s involvement in the homicide earlier in the day. It was also discovered that Soward and Delgado dug a hole in the ground and burned evidence related to the homicide.
After processing both Soward and Delgado, they were transported and booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility on murder charges.
The Banning Police Department is asking if anyone has information or witnessed this incident, call the Banning Police Department Detective Bureau at (951) 849-1511.