Tulsa Police Investigate Fatal Weekend Shooting

Sunday, February 24th 2008, 12:46 pm
By: News On 6

An east Tulsa man is dead, and police are looking for his killer.  The shooting is Tulsa's third homicide of the year.  It happened at an apartment complex near 33rd and Mingo. 

The News On 6's Chris Wright reports police believe this Sunday morning's shooting was a random robbery.  They say a young man just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Police say by the time they arrived at the Heatherstone Apartments, there was little they could do.

"Discovered that there was a Hispanic male, approximately 21 years of age, deceased from a gunshot wound inside the apartment," said TPD Captain Steve Odom.

TPD was having problems reaching the victim's family, and have not released his name.

Authorities say his killer approached the 21-year-old, tried to rob him, and then opened fire, hitting him in the torso.

He may have just been taking out the trash when he was shot.  He then went back inside this apartment, and waited about an hour before calling Tulsa Police.

"Some people reported hearing a pop.  He came back in the apartment.  Apparently he had been shot in the side.  Residents didn't know exactly what to do at that point.  They eventually called us," said Captain Steve Odom.

Police are not sure why the victim, and the people inside the apartment with him, opted to wait so long before calling 911.

They believe they may have panicked, and tried to treat the wound themselves.  Regardless of what exactly happened, authorities say the city's third homicide of 2008 is a tragic one.

Anyone with information on the case can call Crimestoppers at 596-COPS.

Police do have a vague description of a suspect, but they have yet to make an arrest.

Anyone who may have seen anything on Sunday morning is encouraged to call police