TULSA, Okla. Two men were arrested Sunday in a shooting rampage that left three people dead and terrorized Tulsas black community, and police said one suspect may have been trying to avenge his fathers shooting two years ago by a black man.
Police identified both suspects as white, while all five victims in the rampage early Friday were black.
Police and the FBI said it is too soon to say whether the attacks in Tulsas predominantly black north side were racially motivated. Police spokesman Jason Willingham said that investigators are considering many possible motives but based on Facebook postings, revenge appeared to be a factor.
In a Thursday update on Facebook that appeared to have been written by 19-year-old Jake England, he angrily blamed his fathers death on a black man and used a racial slur. He said Thursday was the second anniversary of his fathers death.
Its hard not to go off, given the anniversary and the death of his fiance earlier this year, the posting said.
Its apparent from the posting on the Facebook page that he had an ax to grind, and that was possibly part of the motive, Willingham said. If you read the Facebook post and see what hes accused of doing, you can see theres link between the two of them.
The Facebook page had been taken down by Sunday afternoon.
The Tulsa World reported that Englands father, Carl, was shot in the chest during a scuffle with a man who had tried to break into his daughters apartment. England later died.
The man charged in the shooting is serving a six-year sentence on a weapons charge, according to Department of Corrections records.
Authorities said they planned to charge them with murder and other offenses. Task force commander Maj. Walter Evans said that investigators recovered a weapon but that it was not clear who fired the shots. They also found a truck that had been burned.
The Rev. Warren Blakney Sr., president of the Tulsa NAACP, said the arrests came as a big relief. Black community leaders had met Friday night amid fear over the shootings and concerns about possible vigilantism in retaliation.
The community once again can go about its business without fear of there being a shooter on the streets on today, on Easter morning, Blakney said.
Police identified those killed as Dannaer Fields, 49, Bobby Clark, 54, and William Allen, 31. Two men were wounded but were released from the hospital, Jordan said.