Deputies search for 2 men after deadly North County shooting

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VISTA, Calif. -- Deputies were searching for two men involved in a deadly shooting in Vista Sunday afternoon.

The victim has been identified as 20-year-old Jonathan Ruiz of Vista.

Gunshots rang out around 2:30 p.m. at Olive Avenue and Goetting Way, near the Vista Transit Center, the San Diego Sheriff's Department said.

When deputies and fire personnel arrived they found Ruiz lying on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound -- they gave him CPR and rushed Ruiz to the hospital but he died a short time later.

Deputies searched the area for two men in connection with the attack, using a sheriff's helicopter to broadcast a message to residents, but had not made any as of late Sunday night.

Officials described the first suspect as a roughly 5-foot, 10-inch Hispanic man in his late teens or early twenties, wearing a navy shirt and blue jeans. They described the second suspect as a 5-foot, 6-inch Hispanic man around the same age, wearing blue jeans and a grey, baggy shirt. Both men were clean-shaven, investigators said.

"We believe there are many witnesses out there that could help us solve this crime," said Lt. Richard Williams with the San Diego Sheriff's Office.

Detectives urged anyone with information about the shooting to contact the sheriff's department or leave a tip anonymously with Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

"I just feel terribly for the human loss of another life. That just eats me up," long-time Vista resident Bob Creacy told FOX 5.

Creacy said he stumbled upon the crime scene as he waited for his bus to arrive at the transit center. He said he has seen crime slowly increase in the area since he moved to Vista in the '70s.

"A lot of it at night is centered here at the transit center," Creacy explained. "I’ve seen guys passed out, breaking bottles at night."
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