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Suspects on the run following BB gun shooting in downtown Tulsa

Posted at 6:31 PM, Jul 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-13 09:14:26-04

TULSA - Steven Jones said being homeless, he spends most of the day walking the streets of downtown Tulsa.

He said he’s worried for his safety knowing people have recently been shot at with BB guns while walking at night.

“I think it’s ridiculous that people go out and treat people like us, you know, the homeless population like that, they really need to get a life and be better,” said Jones.

Tulsa Police said just after 1 a.m. Tuesday, a couple, believed to be homeless, was shot at with a BB gun while walking near Denver and Archer streets. They said the shooter hit the 48-year-old man in the neck with multiple pellets. Paramedics took the man to the hospital.

“It appears the individual walked on foot, he was with a group of people when he decided to shoot this individual,” said Tulsa Police Public Information Officer Leland Ashley.

Police said in the past two months there have been two other incidents of people being shot at with a BB gun at the bus station downtown. They said one of the people shot was also homeless.

“It appears to be the same type of pattern. Whether it’s the same individual or not we’re not for certain it’s always a possibility that we could have a copycat,” said Ashley.

Jones said from now on he’s double checking his surroundings.

“Whoever’s doing it, if it’s the same person I think they will eventually get caught for sure. If it’s random people doing it I think it may be a trend that needs to be stopped,” said Jones.

Police said the only description they have right now of the alleged shooter is that he’s a black male in his early 20s.

If you know anything about this incident, you can make an anonymous report to Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.

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