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Community reacts to 'Church of Christ' shooting

Posted at 5:29 PM, Aug 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-15 18:44:13-04

TULSA — Members of the 'Church of Christ' say they've had seven air conditioning units stolen in the last month.

So when a suspect showed up last night, the church was ready.

Stephanie Rose says when other church members confronted the man, they say he got aggressive.

"What I was told was that it was self-defense. A member was defending himself, and it was a shot that was fired. The person is not dealing with any kind of life-threatening injuries right now," Rose said.

Rose tells me crime in her neighborhood has gotten worse over the years.

And she worries nothing will change.

"Humans are humans, we could put padlocks, we could put steel bars around there, and someone is still going to try and find a way to get what they want," Rose said.

Next door neighbor and business owner Saleem Akbar says he deals with the same problems.

"Every time I come to the store in the morning, I wonder first when I drive up, I am glad that the building is still there and my next thing is I gotta go inside and see if my back windows are still there or broken in and this is everyday," Akbar said.

He says he can never really keep his guard down.

"After I found out no one has broken in, then I can exhale. But then I have to go through the day, and I have to figure out - is someone going to come in here and rob me?"

Akbar says the only way things will change is if the community steps up to look out for one another.

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