Two white male shooters targeting blacks arrested in Tulsa, Oklahoma- 3 killed others shot

April 7, 2012


Task Force Searches For North Tulsa ‘Random Shooter’

Tulsa Chief of Police Chuck Jordan speaks during a press conference at the Tulsa Police Department on Saturday about the Friday morning shootings that left three dead and two injured. Listening in the background are (from left) Dr. Warren Blakney, local president of the NAACP; city councilor Jack Henderson, and Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa WorldRead more from this Tulsa World.
Brandi Ball and Ashlei King
KOTV CBS 6 Tulsa
TULSA, Oklahoma – Tulsa Chief of Police Chuck Jordan and other city leaders spoke at a news conference Saturday afternoon to discuss the fatal shootings that took place in Tulsa overnight Friday.
Standing at a podium at the police station, Jordan said to the shooter, who is still at-large, “We’re coming for you.”
Jordan said the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshals Office and Federal Bureau of Investigation as well as the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office will combine to form “Operation Random Shooter.”
Thirty investigators will be a part of the task force dedicated solely to tracking down the shooter, Jordan said.
He stressed the task force needs help from the community, because tracking down a “lone wolf suspect” who acted alone can be a challenge.
“But we are up to that challenge,” he said.
“We are all of one mindset, to find this person, arrest them and put them behind bars, and anyone that’s associated with them,” Mayor Dewey Bartlett said at the briefing.
Police call the string of mysterious shootings unprecedented and are urging caution. The random attacks left three people dead and two injured, all within a 5-mile radius. The victims range in age from 31 to 54.
There’s little information known about the suspect. Chief Jordan said one of the surviving victims was able to tell them that a white man in an older model white truck approached him then shot him.
All of the victims are black, and since the only suspect description is a white man, many are left wondering if this is a hate crime.
Call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS if you can help police. Someone will be manning the phone 24/7.

Update: April 8, 2012


Two Arrested In North Tulsa Shooting Spree

Tulsa Police: Crime Tips, Task Force Lead To Killers’ Capture

Jake England, 19, and his 32-year-old roommate Alvin Watts were found holed up in a trailer north of Tulsa.

KOTV CBS 6 Tulsa

TULSA, Oklahoma – Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan said Sunday afternoon that a tremendous public response and “scores of tips” to the Crime Stoppers line were solely responsible for the capture of two Tulsa men suspected of randomly shooting five people, killing three, in North Tulsa on Good Friday.

Police called a news conference Saturday afternoon to announce the formation of “Operation Random Shooter,” a task force that was to dedicate 30 officers to finding the people responsible for the murders.

Within 24 hours of its formation, the task force arrested Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32. The men were booked into Tulsa County Jail Sunday morning on complaints of first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill.

Dead in the Good Friday killings are Dannaer Fields, William Allen and Bobby Clark. Two other people were seriously wounded in the shooting spree, but have been released from the hospital.

After being shot, one of the survivors described the suspect as a white man, driving an “older” white truck.

The Crime Stoppers tipster told police that Jake England was in possession of a white truck and that he was planning to burn the vehicle. Osage County deputies found the vehicle burned at 6000 North Osage Drive.

The tag on the truck checked to Carl or Jacob England.

According to his Facebook page, which has since been removed, England’s father Carl was shot and killed two years ago.  Pernell Jefferson was arrested in conjunction with Carl England’s death on April 7, 2010.

Jefferson is currently incarcerated at William S. Key Correctional Center in Fort Supply, but on charges of drug and firearm possession.

Jake England’s Facebook page includes a photo of his father on a collection jar, with the caption: “In loving memory: Carl England, father shot and killed trying to protect his children and grandchildren.”

Jake England’s fiance, Sheran Hart Wilde of Tulsa, died on January 10, 2012, according to Johnson Funeral Service. She was also the mother of his child, Jacob Carl England II.

The Facebook profile also adds support to the theory that the victims were targeted because of their race. It contains racial slurs, and at 3:40 p.m. Thursday, hours before the murders, the following post:

“Today is two years that my dad has been gone shot by a [expletive deleted]. it’s hard not to go off. between that and sheran I’m gone in the head.”

On Friday at 10:15 p.m. the following post appears:

“I do believer it just mite be the time to call it quits I I hate to say it like that but I’m done if something does happen tonite be ready for another funeral later.”

Police confirmed Sunday that social networking information is a routine part of an investigation, but wouldn’t speculate on Jake England’s public information and how it connects to the murders.

Warren Blakney, a minister at a city church and president of the NAACP’s Tulsa branch, said the shootings could well prove to be hate crimes given that they happened in a predominantly black neighborhood.

“For a white male to come that deep into that area and to start indiscriminately shooting, that lends itself for many to believe that it probably was a hate crime,” Blakney told CNN.

Tulsa City Councilor Jack Henderson, who serves the district where the killings took place, said he feels like there are legs to the hate-crime theory.


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