Tulsa Police Arrest 2 Men in Shootings
Police in Tulsa, Okla., arrested two men Sunday morning in connections with shootings that left three people dead and two others wounded.
A Tulsa police spokesman, Jason Willingham, told The Associated Press that the men — 19-year-old Jake England and 32-year-old Alvin Watts — were arrested early Sunday at a house just north of Tulsa and that they would face three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of shooting with intent to kill.
Mr. Willingham told The A.P. that a tip had led police to the men.
Capt. Jonathan Brooks of the Tulsa police told CNN that investigators were still trying to find a motive behind the four apparently random shootings, which occurred early Friday.
All five victims were African-American, and the two men arrested were white, Captain Brooks said.
At a news conference on Saturday, the city’s police chief, Chuck Jordan, said that the authorities had found no immediate evidence of a hate crime. “There’s a very logical theory that would say that that’s what it could be,” Chief Jordan said. “But I’m a police officer. I’ve got to go by evidence.”
The police do not believe that the victims knew one another, but the timing and proximity of the shootings on Tulsa’s north side, all within miles of each other, have led them to believe the attacks are linked. The two injured victims were expected to survive, officials said.