Violent crimes keeping Tulsa police busy, family living in fear

TULSA - An outbreak of violent crime has kept police busy in the last two days and left one family fearful for their safety.

For six years, Kabal Thal's family lived in what they describe as a quiet and peaceful neighborhood in east Tulsa.

But their perception started to change early Friday morning when their home was hit in a drive-by shooting.

"I heard three shots and it just went boom, boom, boom," said Thal. "Then I got on my knees. My husband pulled us down and that's hen we heard the rest of the shots."

More than a dozen bullets riddled their house.

The family doesn't know who would want to hurt them.

"We don't have any enemies anywhere. We're always home. We don't go anywhere and we don't really hang out with people much anymore," said Thal.

Thal is thankful that her family was not physically hurt.

Minutes after that shooting another house was targeted.

Police don't believe the two incidents are connected.

But they are the latest in a string of violent crime, including a shooting at a local Fiesta Mart.

Police say crime in Tulsa is actually down this year.

"Crime sometimes there's a violent cycle that runs and it just appears these last couple of days is just a cycle that we're in," said Officer Leland Ashley with the Tulsa Police Department.

Ashley said while many people believe crime rises in the summer, that's not necessarily the case.

Ashley said often times one or two people commit multiple crimes making it appear as if there are more criminals walking around, when in reality there is just more crime.

Anyone with information about any of these violent crimes is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.

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