Teen Shot & Killed In East Tulsa

Wednesday, July 1st 2009, 6:40 pm
By: News On 6

By Chris Wright, The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- A 14-year-old was gunned down in broad daylight Wednesday. Officers with the Tulsa Police Department are searching for his killer.

Police say someone opened fire in front of an east Tulsa apartment complex, hitting the teen.

Dozens of police and first responders arrived shortly after they received reports of shots fired at about 5:10 p.m. near 33rd and Garnett, but there was little they could do. Officers say the 14-year-old victim was dead on the lawn when they arrived. He had a gunshot wound to the upper torso, officers say.

"It's very unfortunate for a life to end this short, and right now we don't know why this happened," said Tulsa Police Captain Randy Hughes.

Witnesses say the teen had been walking with friends along the roadway when a dark brown Ford Taurus pulled over near them. Witnesses say two men got out of the vehicle and began shooting at the victim and his friends.

"It's real early in the investigation right now, and the story we've got right now so far is real sketchy, and we don't believe we've got the full story," said Tulsa Police Captain Randy Hughes.

One witness who did not want to go on camera said she heard at least five shots and when she went outside to help, the 14-year-old was bleeding profusely.

Police say other witnesses they talked with on Wednesday were not being very cooperative and they need help finding who is responsible for this teenager's death.

Police have released two suspect descriptions.

Suspect one is described as an Indian male in his late teens, 5'8", weighing 160 pounds with black hair worn in a ponytail.

Suspect two is described as being a white or Hispanic male in his late teens or early twenties, 5'6", medium build, wearing a black shirt.

If you know anything that could help police, call Crime Stoppers at 596-COPS.