The lone survivor of a 2008 street shooting in San Francisco’s Excelsior neighborhood tearfully insisted Wednesday that murder defendant Edwin Ramos was the gunman who killed his father and two brothers, although he conceded he had gotten only a glimpse of the shooter before ducking to avoid being slain himself.
“When you see something like that, you don’t forget,” Andrew Bologna, 21, testified as he recounted the afternoon attack June 22, 2008, that claimed the lives of his father, 48-year-old Tony Bologna, and brothers Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16.
“I know Ramos was the driver and the shooter,” Andrew Bologna said. “I remember seeing his face … his gun … his white T-shirt.”
He broke into tears repeatedly, as did relatives in the packed courtroom, as he told how the killer had shot up the family’s Honda Civic as the Bolognas returned home from a family barbecue in Fairfield.
Bologna said he had been in the backseat directly behind his father, who was driving, when a charcoal-color Chrysler 300 blocked the Honda from crossing Congdon Street at Maynard Street.
“He blocked us completely,” Bologna said. “I didn’t even know why he was blocking us.”
His father slowly reversed to allow the Chrysler to turn onto Congdon, and the gunman pulled up alongside, coming within a foot or so of the family car, Bologna said.
He said his father appeared to be bewildered at what was going on. Then the younger Bologna looked at the gunman, who fired.
“I saw him,” Bologna said. “He was staring at my dad, mugging him, giving him a mean look. That’s when he pulled out a gun.”
Bologna said he had ducked and avoided being shot as the family car rolled backward down a hill and crashed into a parked car. He got out and saw the Chrysler drive off, apparently toward Highway 101.
His father and brothers, one in the front passenger seat and the other sitting next to him in the back, were mortally wounded.
“I didn’t know what was going on – it was like a movie,” Bologna said. “They shot my family like that, it doesn’t make sense.”
Prosecutors say Ramos, an alleged member of the MS-13 gang, mistook at least one of the Bologna sons for a rival gang member. Ramos was bent on avenging an earlier shooting of an MS-13 member, prosecutors argue.
Marla Zamora, Ramos’ lead defense attorney, has told the jury that another man in the passenger seat of Ramos’ car was the triggerman. Ramos, 25, was just a “fall guy” for MS-13 and the government, she said.
In cross-examination Wednesday, she pointed out that Bologna had given a different account of the shootings during Ramos’ preliminary hearing. Then, Bologna testified, “I ducked when I (saw) the gun,” not after the shooting began, Zamora noted.
Bologna also testified Wednesday that he had seen his father being shot before ducking.
“I did see Ramos pull out his gun and shoot my dad,” he said.
He insisted that even after getting just a brief glimpse of the gunman, he was sure Ramos was the killer.
Prosecutor Harry Dorfman noted that Bologna had told police after the shooting, “I got a good picture of him.”
As he left the stand, Bologna’s mother, Danielle, embraced family members.
“I raised a good kid,” she told them.
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