Manhunt Underway For Suspect In Tulsa Papa John's Homicide
TULSA, Oklahoma - Tulsa Police have named the victim in the homicide at an east Tulsa pizza restaurant Sunday. Griselda Gallardo, 20, was shot and killed inside the Papa John's at 10829 East 31st Street just before 2 p.m.
Authorities have resumed the search for the man they say walked into the restaurant in the middle of the day and killed her. Gallardo worked at the restaurant.
Police believe the suspect, 24-year-old Joshua Silkey, ran into a wooded area near 101st and Garnett. They searched for hours near Grace Church and believe they located his car, but Silkey remains on the run.
Many people who live in the neighborhood heard the helicopter as law enforcement searched for Silkey until around 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening.
The shooting took place just before 2 p.m. at the Papa John's at 31st and Garnett. EMSA pronounced an adult female dead at the scene shortly afterward.
Law enforcement agencies including the Tulsa Police, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Broken Arrow police and U.S. Marshals tracked the suspect to the Grace Church area. They had an intense ground and air search going on in the woods for several hours.
They are not conducting an active search of the area so far Monday morning but want residents to be on the alert for Joshua Silkey.
"More than likely this individual is maybe out of the woods, so we're asking anyone that possibly has seen him, heard from him, to give us a call," said Officer Leland Ashley, Tulsa Police.
Authorities have not released a possible motive in Gallardo's death.
If you see Silkey or know anything that can help police, call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.