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Friends say man killed in east Tulsa shooting was "very loving person"

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Posted at 9:00 AM, Jul 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-30 19:03:04-04

TULSA, Okla. — One man is dead after a shooting outside of an east Tulsa bar early Friday morning.

Officers responded to a shots fired call at DD’s Double Shots bar near 11th and Sheridan just after 1:30 a.m. When they got there they found 39-year-old Nathan Hull, a DJ and bouncer at the bar, dead with multiple gunshot wounds.

Witnesses said Hull and another customer saw the suspect "messing" with cars outside the bar and stopped him. That lead to the shooting.

Witnesses told police the suspect ran to a nearby QuikTrip shortly after the shooting. Police said 19-year-old Chris Bratton tried to hide a gun in a stranger's purse before turning himself into police.

As news spread, friends and witnesses mourned Hull.

“(He was a) Very loving person, big-hearted, who would do anything for anybody," said Maria Rodriguez, a regular. Rodriquez, a friend of Hull's, said he had a boisterous personality and emceed karaoke nights while doubling as bar security.

She was at the bar with friends when she heard the gunshots, “I wanted to come help but my other friend asked me not to step in.”

Leaving the bar soon after the shooting, Rodriguez didn't find out later that morning that Hull had been shot and killed.

“Nate did not deserve what he got," Rodriguez said.

She also says the bar won't be the same without him.

Bratton is booked on first-degree murder charges at Tulsa County Jail.

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