Broken Arrow Police: Shooting Victim Is Paralyzed
BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma - Broken Arrow Police have identified the teen who was shot in the neck during an assault on June 21st.
They say he is 18-year-old Jesse Martinez of Broken Arrow. Police say the shooting left Martinez paralyzed from the chest down.
Police say one of the suspects, 20-year-old Noah McCarty, turned himself in the next day. The other suspect, Noah Herndon, surrendered Friday.
Broken Arrow Police said Martinez is recovering in a Tulsa hospital. Paralyzed from the chest down, Officer James Koch said the young man undoubtedly has challenges ahead.
"It's certainly life-changing, and the victim is certainly not going to be the same," Koch said.
Detectives are working to find out what led to the shooting at the Greens Apartments late Wednesday night.
Police said McCarty and Herndon chased Martinez outside an apartment building and started beating him.
Koch said, right now, it’s not clear who fired a weapon, but said the suspects knew Martinez.
"We're trying to get down to the bottom of, to the very bottom of why. Why this happened," Koch said.
Brent Coley said he heard the gunshot that night - but at first, I thought it was just fireworks.
"I heard three, four shots maybe," he said.
Having lived at the complex for a few years, he's used to a more peaceful environment.
Coley said, "It's really quiet, a lot of times. I fish out here at these ponds."
Officers said while crime can happen anywhere, they're used to the area being quiet, too.
"That's not a hotspot for violent crime," Koch said.
McCarty and Herndon are both in jail on several complaints including shooting with intent to kill.
Broken Arrow Police said even though the two suspects are in custody, they'd like anyone with information to give them a call.