Richard Ramirez
Richard Ramirez (Longmont Police Department)

A 5-year-old Longmont girl's unpleasant dreams may have saved her from being struck by a bullet that punched through her bedroom wall Wednesday morning and may have ended up inside her mattress.

Nikki Martinez wasn't in her own bed at the time.

"She has nightmares, so she sometimes comes to sleep with me," said Nikki's grandmother, Janelle Martinez.

Nikki was in Martinez's bedroom when a man outside their apartment building allegedly opened fire on his ex-wife and that woman's male companion.

"I was up," Martinez said. "The kids" — Nikki and Martinez's 3-year-old grandson Austin — "were still sleeping."

Martinez said she initially thought she'd heard a car backfiring, but "after that, it was bang, bang, bang, bang."

No one was hit by the gunfire during the shooting at the apartment complex at 1200 Kimbark St.

But one bullet struck a car, another hit the targeted ex-wife's apartment and a third penetrated the apartment Martinez shares with members of her family, according to the family and Longmont police Cmdr. Jeff Satur.

Later Wednesday morning, police arrested Richard Ramirez, 37, on suspicion of attempted murder.

Ramirez faces possible multiple counts of attempted murder, first-degree assault and illegally discharging a weapon into a residence, according to police.

Satur said police were called about the shooting at 6:43 a.m. A woman reported that she'd come home and saw her ex-husband in a vehicle across the street from her apartment complex.


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After a verbal confrontation, the suspect reportedly jumped out of his vehicle and fired five or six shots from a handgun at the woman and her male companion, Satur said, before the suspect fled.

Mark Tracy, who lives in a second-floor apartment in the complex, said he heard four shots over the hum of his air conditioner, went to his balcony to look outside and see what was happening, and spotted a man running through the parking lot.

Longmont police investigate a shooting in the 1200 block of Kimbark Street this morning. No one was injured.
Longmont police investigate a shooting in the 1200 block of Kimbark Street this morning. No one was injured. (Lewis Geyer / Longmont Times-Call)

Rebecca Miller, who also lives in the complex, said she was walking her dog outside her apartment building when the shooting began.

After hearing what sounded like as many as seven gunshots, Miller said she froze up and then ran up the stairs. She and her dog were unharmed.

Satur said Ramirez was arrested without incident at a business on the 500 block of South Francis Street where Ramirez works. He was in custody by 9:45 a.m.

Satur said a handgun believed to have been used in the incident was recovered in a cabinet at Ramirez's workplace.

The Twin Peaks Charter Academy, which is near that business, was locked down for a period until officers arrested Ramirez.

A stretch of Kimbark Street between 12th and Mountain View avenues was closed to traffic for several hours while police conducted their post-shooting investigation at the apartment complex.

"He's caught. That's good," Tracy said when told the suspected gunman was in custody. "I moved her from Denver to get away from this kind of stuff."

Martinez said she didn't know the neighbor who is alleged to have been Ramirez's target.

Martinez said she moved into her own apartment last December.

"I don't know if I want to stay here any more," Martinez said.

Daily Camera staff writer Mitchell Byars contributed to this story. Contact Times-Call staff writer John Fryar at 303-684-5211 or jfryar@times-call.com