Tulsa lawmakers speak out on north Tulsa shootings, hate crime link

TULSA - Good Friday's north Tulsa shooting spree has brought national attention to the city and has raised questions of racial motivation in the wake of the murders.

Tulsa lawmakers are urging caution in the search for justice.

"We have received countless calls from constituents regarding the Friday shootings and we want to urge District Attorney Tim Harris to review all aspects of the case to determine whether or not this crime falls under the category of a hate crime and to make sure that justice is fully carried out," state Rep. Jabar Shumate said. "I think looking into all the angles of the shootings would help the community get more closure on this terrible day."

"I would like to see this case explored and investigated fully, because it was such an unprecedented string of shootings in Tulsa and the community wants to know what prompted it and what can be done to prevent such a thing from reoccurring," said state Rep. Seneca Scott. "My constituents are just stunned and frightened by these events."

Jake England, 19. and Alvin Watts, 32, were arrested Sunday in connection to the Friday shootings.

The FBI has also been called in to see if any federal hate crime laws have been violated.

The bureau defines hate crime as "a criminal offense committed against a person, property, or society that is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender's bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin."

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