April 8, 2012 in Nation/World

Random shootings put Tulsa on edge

Justin Juozapavicius Associated Press
 

TULSA, Okla. – Residents of Tulsa’s predominantly black north side said Saturday they’re afraid a shooter is still roaming their neighborhoods looking for victims after five people were shot – and three killed – a day earlier.

“We’re all nervous,” said resident Renaldo Works, 52. “I’ve got a 15-year-old, and I’m not going to let him out late. People are scared. We need facts.”

Police are still waiting for the results of forensic tests, but investigators think the shootings are linked because they happened around the same time within a 3-mile span, and all five victims were out walking when they were shot. All the victims are black.

One of the victims told police the shooter was a white man driving a white pickup truck who stopped to ask for directions before opening fire. Officer Jason Willingham said Saturday the pickup was spotted in the area of three of the shootings.

Four of Friday’s 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, Clark 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., though investigators believe he was shot earlier.

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 were expected to survive, police said.

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