Tulsa Police Say Revenge One Motive in Shootings

Based on Facebook messages revenge appeared to be a factor.

Posted: 04/08/2012 05:29 PM EDT
Filed Under National News

Jacob England, left, and Alvin Watts will be charged with three counts of murder and two counts of shooting with intent to kill.

Jacob England, 19, left, and Alvin Watts, 32, will be charged with three counts of murder and two counts of shooting with intent to kill, after being arrested early Sunday for their involvement in the recent shootings in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that left three people dead and two others critically wounded. (Photo: AP Photo/Tulsa Police Department via Tulsa World)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police say a shooting spree that spread fear in Tulsa's black community and left three people dead may have been partly motivated by an Oklahoma man's desire to avenge his father's shooting by a black man.

Police spokesman Jason Willingham told The Associated Press on Sunday that investigators are still considering many possible motives, but based on messages posted in social media, revenge appeared to be a factor.

All five victims of the Friday shootings were black. Police have described the two suspects as white.

In a Thursday Facebook update, one suspect, 19-year-old Jake England, expressed anger over his father being shot and killed by a black man two years earlier. The Facebook page had been taken down by Sunday afternoon.

 

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