Tulsa Police Name Person Of Interest After Two Children Shot
Lacie Lowry And NewsOn6.com
TULSA, Oklahoma -- Tulsa Police are investigating a shooting that wounded two young boys just before 3 p.m. Thursday. The shooting took place at Bill's Quick Stop, 5266 N. Peoria.
Police say someone, possibly in a black Cadillac, drove up and started shooting in broad daylight - hitting a 5-year-old boy and a 2-year-old boy outside the store.
One child was shot in the leg, the other received a grazing head wound. Both were taken to a local hospital in serious condition.
No one else was injured, and police believe the parents were likely the target.
"The father may have had a problem with the person that was shooting at him," said Sergeant Dedlorn Sanders of the Tulsa Police Department. "And I guess he saw him up here and started shooting."
Tulsa Police are looking for a man named Ricky Loron Shannon as a person of interest in the shooting. Ricky Shannon is 24 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs about 145 pounds.
He has several tattoos on his hands and arms. They say he drives a black Cadillac, and he matches the description that was given at the scene.
"I heard gunshots, and I just took off running to the back," said Rob Wilson, who was in the store at the time. "It must have been 20 or 25 rounds."
Detectives say the shooter used a semi-automatic rifle, and it took a while for them to count up all the casings.
People who live nearby say they aren't surprised.
"You got a lot of people out here who feel like they don't have any hope, and when you don't have hope, then you have a breeding ground for criminal activity and basically you have some urban terrorists around here," said Tulsa resident Frank Jacques.
There was another shooting at the same convenience store earlier this year.
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Shannon has been convicted of possession Of marijuana with intent to distribute, delivery of controlled drugs and grand larceny. If you know anything about this shooting, call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.