TULSA - Tulsa police suspect a "spree" killer is likely responsible for four separate shootings in which three victims were killed and two hospitalized, all within a few miles of each other.
Four men and one woman were shot between 1 and 8 a.m. Three of the victims died. Two were injured but are expected to survive.
The first shooting happened around 1 a.m. Friday near 51st and North Peoria.
Police found 49-year-old Dannaer Fields in the middle of the street. She had been shot in the chest.
A few minutes later, officers received a call about another shooting a block away, near 52nd and North Peoria.
Two men were found shot. Their injuries are thought to be non-life-threatening.
Police say the woman died at the hospital.
A fourth victim was found not far away just before 2 a.m. near 63rd and North Denver. Medics first thought Bobby Clark, 57, suffered a heart attack, but later found him to have a gunshot wound.
Police say Clark died at the hospital.
William Allen, 31, was later found shot to death outside a north Tulsa funeral home in the 800 block of North 36th Street.
"We are looking at this as some sort of spree," said homicide Sgt, Dave Walker. He worries they were random victims of opportunity.
"The victims were in the street and not really in their yards," Walker said. "So I would think that people are walking up and down the street being targeted."
TPD is looking for a white male driving a white pickup in connection with the shootings.
Police spent the day revisiting the crime scenes and reviewing 911 call logs - in the hope of finding something that may connect to the killer.
"Obviously something is happening -- and it's concerning," Walker said. "So I think you need to be aware. As far as being afraid in your homes? No. It's daylight now. You can go about your business. But at night, I would be aware of what is going on."
After the murder of his son three years ago, Jason Trent dedicated his life to saving children from violence. He says the random nature of these shootings have cast fear over the North Tulsa community.
"There are three mothers that have to go to bed with the understanding that 'my baby is not going to come home,'" Trent said. "That is a pain that you never get over. "
Trent says fear has gripped the heart of the North Tulsa Community.
"No need to panic. But be vigilant. Make sure you are looking out," he said. "Kids don't need to playing outside this afternoon, just for safety sake."
Tulsa business Ralph's Menswear is just across from Friday's murder scene on 36th Street North. Owner Ralph Eady said he has a license to carry a firearm and will do so while the suspect remains on the streets.
"That's my 9-millimeter Smith and Wesson. It's locked and loaded," he said. "It's ready to go."
"You don't know who the person is who is going around doing it, so right now I think people need to just get close and protect themselves," he said. "And do whatever's necessary, legally, to protect themselves."
If you have information that could help, call Crime Stopers at 918-596-COPS. If you need to speak with a detective immediately, call the Homicide Tip Line at 918-798-8477
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