San Carlos

Oklahoma Woman Arrested in 1993 Killing of California Shop Owner

Shu Ming Tang was shot and killed on April 26, 1993, at Devonshire Little Store in San Carlos

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A 61-year-old woman has been arrested in the 1993 killing of a California shop owner who was shot during a "robbery gone wrong," authorities announced Thursday.

Authorities arrested Rayna Hoffman-Ramos on suspicion of fatally shooting Shu Ming Tang on April 26, 1993, at Devonshire Little Store in San Carlos.

Tang was shot once in the chest while tending his mom-and-pop shop. He died later at a hospital, San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jacob Trickett said.

Detectives received information that a woman was seen leaving the store shortly after the shooting. They followed various leads but the case went unsolved for decades, Trickett said.

The shooting drew national attention and was at one point featured on "America's Most Wanted," the sheriff's office said.

In 2018, the sheriff's office, which provides services for the city of San Carlos, had its detectives and investigators revisit the case.

Thanks to "the advancement in forensic technology," they identified Hoffman-Ramos, who lived in San Mateo County at the time of Tang’s killing, as a suspect, Trickett said.

Trickett declined to specify how detectives connected Hoffman-Ramos to the homicide. He said she was the only suspect in the case.

Detectives were eventually led to Washington County, Oklahoma, the sheriff's office said. On March 16, detectives conducted a simultaneous operation in Sacramento and Washington County and discovered "additional supporting evidence." Detectives subsequently arrested Hoffman-Ramos in Oklahoma.

Hoffman-Ramos is currently in custody and being held without bail in Oklahoma. Extradition to San Mateo County is pending.

"The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Tang family for their support," Sheriff Carlos Bolanos said in a statement. "I hope your family will finally get the justice you deserve and the closure you desire."

It was not immediately known if Hoffman-Ramos has retained an attorney. Officials with the San Mateo and Washington county sheriff’s offices said they did not know if she has legal representation.

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