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Tulsa Police are investigating a shooting in Tulsa that led to a standoff

Posted at 5:38 AM, Jul 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-22 11:20:19-04

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa Police responded to reports of shots fired early Monday morning at the 1300 block of North Denver Avenue.

When officers arrived around 3 a.m., they found a man was walking around the neighborhood with gunshot wounds to his arms. Investigators said a responding officer applied a tourniquet and prevented the man from bleeding out.

The shooting victim was transported to the hospital, where he is expected to recover.

Officers believed the shooter, Hassan Thomas, was barricaded inside a home on North Denver Avenue, so they used loudspeakers to attempt to get him out. After more than two hours, they learned the suspect was not inside the house, so they called off the standoff.

Investigators said Thomas surrendered at a different location. He has been taken into custody for questioning.

During the investigation, Thomas told officers he opened fire because someone had shot at his home earlier in the morning. He thought the driver who pulled up on his driveway minutes after the shooting was the original shooter.

He said he panicked and fired into the car several times, hitting the victim, then ran away. He eventually agreed to meet police at Pine and Peoria where he surrendered.

Investigators learned Thomas and victim are friends, and that Thomas "would not have shot at the victim had he known it was the victim's car."

Officers who processed the scene found shell casings outside the home. Thomas is currently being interviewed by police.

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