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FBI Joins Investigation of Possible Hate Crimes in Tulsa

FBI Joins Investigation of Possible Hate Crimes in Tulsa

Early Friday morning in north Tulsa, five people were shot within 2 to 3 miles of each other in four different locations. Three have died and two are critically wounded. Tulsa police captain Jonathan Brooks told CNN that, while investigators are looking for one suspect, a white man in a white pickup truck, they have not ruled out the possibility of others being involved.

Brooks also says that police are investigating the shootings as a possible hate crime: All of the victims are African-American. Most of the shootings happened while the victims were walking in residential neighborhoods with mostly single-family dwellings; one shooting occurred near a funeral home in a commercial district.

According to ABC News, the F.B.I. and U.S. Marshals are joining in the investigation. Mayor Dewey Bartlett said that the shootings are “unprecedented in our recent history” and that the “only thing in common [in the shootings] is the randomness.”

Dr. Warren Blakney of the NAACP told ABC affiliate KTUL that “We feel like [the shooter's] targeting African Americans and I think law enforcement, some parts of law enforcement feel that same way.” As Blakney also said in Tulsa World, when confronted with reports that someone “systematically shot black folk, what is one left to believe?”

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1:07PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

"Brooks also says that police are investigating the shootings as a possible hate crime: "

Well duh! I'd put that possibility at 100%. That should save a few tax dollars, now move on.

12:59AM PDT on Apr 9, 2012

thanks

11:17PM PDT on Apr 8, 2012

Those poor people.

10:20PM PDT on Apr 8, 2012

Carol. h: In the old days both of these men would have been taken to court and hung the very next day in the middle of town that would be there no questions asked to me that is the way it should be today and there would be whole lot less of these things happening and that is a fact.

Just because the law may be twisted, doesn't mean it should not exist

6:34PM PDT on Apr 8, 2012

Muderous and cowardly bigotry, is a blight on American society

6:09PM PDT on Apr 8, 2012

Mercedes L. Shhhh, Mike is listening to the wind between his ears.

6:00PM PDT on Apr 8, 2012

Mike C. not only are you a bigot, you are a moron.

The police have arrested two men, both are white.

5:44PM PDT on Apr 8, 2012

Whenever Mike C. comments, all I hear is Duelling Banjos.

4:17PM PDT on Apr 8, 2012

makes you wonder if we are headed backwards? Thanks and noted.

1:46PM PDT on Apr 8, 2012

heartbreaking

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