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City homicide linked to gangs

By Diana Baldwin Published: August 17, 2004
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A Sunday homicide in Oklahoma City has been linked to Hispanic gangs, police said Monday.

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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.

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