By Jueseppi B.
Tulsa’s black community was on edge Saturday after police said the same attacker or attackers were behind a series of shootings a day earlier that left three people dead and two more critically wounded.
Police are still waiting for the results of forensic tests, but investigators think the early Friday morning shootings are linked because they happened around the same time within a three-mile span and all five victims were out walking when they were shot.
Officer Jason Willingham said Saturday that police are searching for a white man driving a white pickup, which was spotted in the area of three of the shootings. At least two dozen officers are investigating the case, along with the FBI and U.S. Marshals Service, Willingham said.
“We don’t have one definitive way where this investigation is headed,” Willingham said. “Right now, that’s the only thing we have to go on.”
Police don’t believe the victims knew one another and are trying to determine the circumstances behind the killings. All five victims are black, and black community leaders met Friday evening in an effort to calm unrest and promote safety
All five victims were walking through neighborhoods not far from each other when they were shot early Friday, Tulsa homicide detective Sgt. Dave Walker told the Tulsa World.
All the victims were black, prompting the Rev. Warren Blakney Sr., NAACP Tulsa president, to say that someone appeared to be “targeting black people to shoot.”
“I’m on edge for my people,” Blakney said, according to the Tulsa World.
he local chapter of the NAACP and other black leaders held an emergency meeting Friday evening at a church to appeal for calm and discuss safety.
When asked if people in the community felt that the shooter was deliberately targeting black people, Tulsa City Councilor Jack Henderson replied, “Yes, absolutely,” krmg.com reported.
Henderson said people should not let “some crazy, deranged person mess up their weekend,” but he added that the community “needs to watch their backs” until the shooter is caught, according to the Tulsa World.
Police don’t believe the victims knew each other.
“There is no forensic evidence to link at this point,” Walker said. “Timing and location lead us to believe they may be connected.”
Four shooting victims were found in yards, and the fifth in a street. Police identified those killed as Dannaer Fields, 49, Bobby Clark, 54, and William Allen, 31. Fields was found wounded about 1 a.m. Friday, Clarke was found in a street about an hour later, and Allen was discovered in the yard of a funeral home about 8:30 a.m.
Minutes after Fields was found, police found two men with gunshot wounds in another yard two blocks away. They were taken to hospitals in critical condition but expected to survive, police said.
Police Capt. Steve Odom said in his 30 years with the police department, he’d never seen so many shootings happen in such a short time.
All five victims are black; police suspect a white shooter
The detective told the Tulsa World that residents can expect increased patrols in the neighborhoos where the shootings occurred and across the city.
The NAACP called an emergency meeting in a north Tulsa church Friday evening to discuss what they fear may be a racially motivated shooting spree.
“Word on the street is that this person would drive up to people walking, ask for directions, and when they would turn away, walk away, began firing,” Tulsa City Councilor Jack Henderson told KRMG News after the NAACP meeting concluded. “That’s truly a concern, and anybody would be [ill] at ease if you knew this was going on.”
“If you systematically target black folks and that’s all you shot, and you come to the north side of town and you’re a white male, and we know he was a white male, then what is one left to believe?” Rev. Warren Blakney, president of the Tulsa NAACP, told local NBC affiliate KJRH-TV.
The time has come for Black Americans to arm themselves. Protect your families and your property exactly the same as caucasians Americans are doing. This “Stand Your Ground” law is not for caucasians America only. It is a law made for ALL Americans. I am strongly against guns in America, I hate that very stupid Americans has access to handguns and assault weapons.
America hides behind a centuries old antiquated amendment that gives “them” the right to bear arms. So I am suggesting that we Black Americans take full advantage of the U.S. Constitutions 2nd amendment right to arm ourselves.
The 2nd Amendment says:
As passed by the Congress:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
As ratified by the States and authenticated by Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State:
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
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