Authorities in Tulsa, Oklahoma, charged Alvin Watts, 32, and Jake England (pictured above), 19, with three counts of first-degree murder on Monday for a shooting rampage that left three Black men dead and two others wounded last week.
According to police documents, England told investigators he shot three of the men, and Watts confessed to shooting the other two people, which included summaries of the reported confessions and few other details, CNN reported. Based on Watts' statement, police believe the older shooter pulled the trigger in two of the three fatal shootings, according to the documents.
On Thursday afternoon at 3:04 p.m., just 10 hours before the shooting spree began, England wrote:
Today is two years that my dad has been gone shot by a f****g n*****r it's hard not to go off between that and sheran I'm gone in the head.
Watts added this incorrectly spelled comment to England's Facebook post more than an hour later:
I kno miss them 2. My last meomeries were great ones of them. Its nt goodbye its c u later.
Reports confirm Jake England’s father, Carl England, 47, was shot by Black male Pernell Demond Jefferson on April 5, 2010. What remains unclear are the details behind Jefferson's shooting England. Reports suggest Jefferson shot England in self-defense.
Tulsa World reported:
England’s daughter, who lives at Comanche Park [apartment complex], had been in a fight with some people earlier, and her father went to the complex to help her, [Tulsa Police Capt. Shawn] King said. He was not a resident of the complex, King said.
England and Jefferson, who also is not a resident and had been banned from the complex previously, got into an altercation before England was shot, King said, adding that police were not immediately sure whether the shooting could have been in self-defense.
A later report says the shooting reportedly stemmed from a scuffle between Jefferson and Damien Neal, who is the boyfriend of England’s daughter. Neal told officers he hit Jefferson with a baseball bat before Jefferson attempted to break in.
Jefferson was charged with first-degree attempted burglary and felony firearms possession. He pleaded not guilty, and will go to trial next month for the charges. He is currently serving six years in prison for violating his parole on the terms of a previous weapon conviction sentence.
Reports suggest while Jefferson tried to break into England’s daughter's apartment, he was hit with a baseball bat and left. Carl England and Damien Neal then went to look for Jefferson, England attacked him, and Jefferson shot England. Based on England's wounds and injuries, police said Jefferson shot England in self-defense and charged him, instead, with the weapons and attempted break-in charges.
Court documents reveal Jefferson was charged with first-degree attempted burglary, but if Carl England was alive today, the question lingers if he would be charged with a hate crime for searching for a man with the intent to cause bodily harm, a charge similar to that his son may now face.
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(Photo: Tulsa County Sheriff's Office)