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Tulsa Shooting Suspects Confess According To Reports

Christine Detz |
April 9, 2012 | 6:55 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

Jacob England and Alvin Watts allegedly confess to shooting five in Tulsa (photo courtesy Creative Commons)
Jacob England and Alvin Watts allegedly confess to shooting five in Tulsa (photo courtesy Creative Commons)
The two suspects in a shooting rampage targeting a black neighborhood in Tulsa have confessed according to police officials.  Jacob England, 19, and 32-year-old Alvin Watts are accused of shooting five people Friday.  Three of the victims died from their wounds.

England allegedly confessed to shooting three of the victims while Watts admitted to shooting the other two.  Police believe the two men randomly shot at the victims.  Officials also believe they recovered the gun used in the shootings.

“We have not been able to find any commonality between the victims other than they were walking on the street,” Sgt. Dave Walker of the Tulsa Police Department told ABC News.

 

The deceased victims are identified as Bobby Clark, 54, William Allen, 31, and Dannaer Fields, 49.  Two other victims remain in critical condition.

 

Officials arrested Watts and England on Sunday after receiving multiple tips.  The shootings may have been precipitated by the recent suicide of England’s girlfriend along with the second anniversary of his father’s death according to the Associated Press.

Family and friends say Carl England's death sent his son into a downward spiral. On Thursday, Jake England apparently wrote a Facebook post marking the second anniversary of his father's death and lamented that "it's hard not to go off."

Back in 2010, Carl England had responded to his daughter's call for help and with her boyfriend tracked down the man who tried to break in. A fight broke out, and the man took out a gun and fired at England.

The man who pulled the trigger, Pernell Jefferson, was not charged with homicide because an investigation determined he acted in self-defense.

 

Watts and England are being held on $9.16 million each and will be formally charged on April 16.




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