Neighbors say shooting likely gang-related
OKLAHOMA CITY — A possible gang shooting left one teenager dead in the street Sunday night near N.W. 105th St. and Western Ave.
Neighbors said 15-year-old Richard Morales was shot after he was seen arguing with other young men at a nearby gas station.
“The other young men went somewhere, got some weapons, then came back,” neighbor Antione Cutler said. “Then [Morales and his friend] were walking home…that’s when he got gunned down.”
Oklahoma City Police do not have anyone in custody and have not released any suspect description.
Dozens of neighbors in the community showed up to the scene as officers cordoned off part of N.W. 105th St.
Monday morning, only blood and roses were left at the scene.
Some neighbors told us the shooting was almost certainly gang-related.
“The gang stuff is going on constantly. You’ve got the 60s, 90s, the Bloods, everything is centralized right in this area,” neighbor Bruce Kemp said.
“It’s tiresome going to funeral after funeral after funeral, three or four funerals every week,” neighbor DeeDee Jackson said.
Jackson said she doesn’t want to let her two young sons ride their bikes outside because she knows the violence won’t stop.
She and other neighbors like Kemp are anxious to save their kids from getting involved.
“I talked to some kids last night and I just hope that they get an understanding that this stuff is going to keep on going until somebody says enough is enough,” Kemp said.
Kemp and other neighbors said they want more police to patrol the neighborhood and deter the gang population.
Police said they believe an early 2000s-model Ford Focus was involved in the shooting.
If you have any information that can help, investigators ask you to call the homicide tip line at (405) 297-1200.
You can remain anonymous.