Christmas shooter facing attempted murder charges

NORWALK A Plymouth man accused of shooting his wife and stepdaughter on Christmas night faces two co
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



A Plymouth man accused of shooting his wife and stepdaughter on Christmas night faces two counts of attempted murder.

Investigators say Niconar Garcia, 32, grabbed a shot gun at about 7 p.m. and embarked on a violent shooting spree.

He allegedly shot his wife, 43-year-old Veronica Garcia, in the stomach and lower leg, and then his16-year-old stepdaughter, Melissa Ruiz, in the back as she slept in bed at the family's 5181 Bevier Road home.

"There was a dispute that turned into a violent act in which two shootings were the result," said Huron County Sheriff's Det. Capt. Bob McLaughlin.

A 9-year-old boy in the house when the shooting took place was unharmed, McLaughlin said.

The two responding sheriff's deputies took the shotgun and arrested Garcia when they arrived at the home.

The two women were taken to Mercy Hospital in Willard and then flown to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo.

Huron County assistant prosecutor Rich Woodruff said during Friday's bond hearing that one of the victims was in critical condition and another was listed in fair condition.

Garcia appeared at the hearing in Norwalk Municipal Court in front of Judge John Ridge via a video hook-up from the Huron County jail, where he's being held on $500,000 bond.

He's a legal migrant farm worker employed at John F. Stambaugh Co. and speaks little English. A translator was used during the hearing. He's scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. Jan. 2.

Woodruff would not comment on specifics of the case. He also refused to release the 911 tape of the first call for help, despite the fact that the tape is considered a public record by state law.

"It's under investigation," Woodruff said.

Woodruff did say he was glad the Plymouth shooting was not as violent or as deadly as the Christmas Eve shooting in Covina, Calif., which resulted in at least nine deaths.