Police looking for suspect(s) who are shooting at Tulsa homes


Tuesday, January 29th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


Tulsa Police want to catch those who've been shooting into houses in midtown Tulsa. News on Six crime reporter Lori Fullbright explains what's happening.

There are a couple of unique things about these shootings. First, they're happening in an exclusive neighborhood near 41st and South Lewis and second, each time a shooting has happened, someone has been inside the home. So far, no one's been hit. Most recently, someone shot into a house on January 24th, before that, it was three days earlier on the 21st. And in the last 18 months, it's happened six times. Tulsa Police officer Lucky Lamons, "We've recovered shell casings, but, that's the only evidence. If you're familiar with that area, the suspects are going up to that wall and popping off rounds."

Police say the same three houses have been hit repeatedly, no one ever sees a person or a get-away car, making it a tough case to crack. "We've talked to all three people and there's no reason they should be shot at." Since the most recent shootings were only days apart, officers are worried that the crimes are escalating and fear it's only a matter of time before someone gets hurt. "Our main worry is these homes are all occupied, there's people inside, so far they're shooting through the back, not through a window and they're not aiming at anybody.”

Police say some of the homes have children living there, so they need the neighbors to be on the lookout and call 911 for any suspicious people or vehicles. Also immediately report anything that sounds like car backfire or firecrackers, because it's likely a gunshot. Most of the shootings happen after dark and we noticed Tuesday, one of the houses now has cameras mounted outside in the trees.

If anyone knows who's doing the shooting, they can call Crimestoppers at 596-COPS, that way they don't have to give their name.