Tulsa Shootings And Facebook Postings
April 9, 2012 by staff
Tulsa Shootings And Facebook Postings, Tulsa shooting suspects Jacob England, 19, left and Alvin Watts, 32. Police in Oklahoma are charging them with three counts of murder and two counts of shooting with intent to kill.
Two men have been arrested in a shooting rampage that left three people dead and terrorised Tulsa’s black community. Police pointed to Facebook postings as evidence that one suspect’s motive may have been his father’s shooting two years ago by a black man.
Police identified both suspects as white, while all five victims were black.
Police and the FBI have said it is too soon to say whether the attacks in Tulsa’s predominantly black north side were racially motivated. Police spokesman Jason Willingham said investigators were considering many possible motives but based on Facebook postings revenge appeared to be a factor.
In an update last Thursday on Facebook that appeared to have been written by 19-year-old Jake England, he angrily blamed his father’s death on a black man and used a racial slur. He said Thursday was the second anniversary of his father’s death.
“It’s hard not to go off” given the anniversary and the death of his fiancée this year, the posting said.
Willingham said: “It’s apparent from the posting on the Facebook page that he had an axe to grind and that was possibly part of the motive.
“If you read the Facebook post and see what he’s accused of doing, you can see there’s a link between the two of them.”
The Facebook page had been taken down by Sunday afternoon.
A family friend, Susan Sevenstar, told the Associated Press that England was “a good kid” and “a good, hard worker,” who “was not in his right mind” after losing his father and the January suicide of his fiancée, with whom he’d recently had a baby.
“If anybody is trying to say this is a racial situation, they’ve got things confused,” said Sevenstar, who described England as Cherokee Indian. “He didn’t care what your colour was. It wasn’t a racist thing.”
The Tulsa World reported that England’s father, Carl, was fatally shot in the chest during a scuffle with a man who had tried to break into his daughter’s apartment. The man charged in the shooting is serving a six-year sentence on a weapons charge, according to corrections department records.
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