A Sunday homicide in Oklahoma City has been linked to Hispanic gangs, police said Monday. Mother says she wanted son arrested Rocky Ruiz, 23, was fatally shot about 3:45 a.m. Sunday in the 1100 block of SW 17. Oklahoma City police Capt. Billy Pratt, the head of the gang enforcement unit, said the shooting is associated with Hispanic gang activity on the city's south side. No one has been arrested in connection with Ruiz's shooting. Police are looking to question two Hispanic men between the ages of 18 and 20 years old. On Sunday, when police arrived on SW 17, Ruiz was dead in his vehicle. Police think Ruiz and another Hispanic male were driving east in the 1100 block of SW 17 when they encountered two unknown Hispanic males in another vehicle, police Capt. Jeffrey Becker. said. The passenger in Ruiz's vehicle wasn't injured. Police do not know the motive for the shooting. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 235-7300. Investigators think a suspected gang killing in April, increased graffiti and heavy gang recruitment are possible signs that more gang fighting is imminent. Also Monday, four officers were added to the police department's gang enforcement unit, Pratt said. Fourteen people now make up the gang unit. The additional manpower will enable gang enforcement officers to be on the street every night, Pratt said. Although the new positions are only temporary, the officers will work in the gang unit until the activity subsides. "We anticipate the gang activity to increase with the school year," Pratt said. "Often, the different gangs are thrown into a single setting." The officers making the move will be reassigned from the patrol division. Hispanic gang vendettas accounted for as many as 10 of Oklahoma City's homicides last summer. Although the number of gang-related killings has been lower this year, Ruiz was the second person in four days thought to be killed by a Hispanic gang in Oklahoma City. On Wednesday, David Pekah, 9, died when gunfire from a drive-by shooting struck him as he slept in his family's home at 1600 NW 13. Three males are being held on murder complaints in connection with Pekah's death.
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