Tulsa Police Arrest 2 In Connection With Deadly Shooting Spree
Police identified the detained suspects as Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32. They were taken into custody from a home in Tulsa, CNN reported.
The two men allegedly went on a shooting spree early Friday morning that killed three people and wounded two others. While authorities identified the two suspects as white and all the victims are black, they have not considered the shootings as racially motivated, the Associated Press reported.
Community leaders expressed concern about the motivation for the shootings since they happened on Tulsa's predominantly black north side. But Rev. Warren Blakney Sr., president of the Tulsa NAACP, said that news of the arrests gave residents a sense of relief.
"The community once again can go about its business without fear of there being a shooter on the streets on today, on Easter morning," he said.
Dannaer Fields, 49, Bobby Clark, 54 and William Allen, 31, were identified as the three dead victims.
England makes several references to the two-year anniversary of his father's death on his Facebook page. The man arrested in that case, Pernell Demond Jefferson, was charged with pointing a firearm and is serving a prison sentence through October 2014, according to the Tulsa World. Jefferson is black.
A Facebook post at 3:04 p.m. on Thursday read, "Today is two years that my dad has been gone shot by a f------ n----- it's hard to go off between that and sheran I'm gone in the head."
According to England's Facebook page, his girlfriend Sheran Hart Wilde recently died. Several people who called the Tulsa Crime Commission's anonymous Crime Stoppers tip line said that England owned a white pickup truck and intended to burn it, the Tulsa World reported. Osage County deputies found a burned vehicle that matched the description about 6 p.m. Saturday.
England and Watts were booked in a Tulsa jail on three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of shooting with intent to kill, the department said.