Putting Tulsa’s 12 homicides this year into perspective

Friday, February 10th 2006, 6:12 am
By: News On 6

Tulsa Police acknowledge the city's homicide rate in 2005 and the beginning of 2006 is high, but they say there's more to the story.

Tulsa Police say only four of the 64 homicides last year were random victims. They say the vast majority of the victims had some type of connection with their killer.

Police say no one deserves to be killed, but citizens should not feel the city is out of control, based solely on the numbers.

Tulsa Police Captain Tracie Crocker: "what I want people to know is we don't have a band of thugs going around the city of Tulsa killing innocent people. Almost all, minus a couple, had a relationship, a drug connection or gang or domestic or they owed somebody money, some sort of relationship."

Tulsa Police say the same holds true for the 12 homicides so far this year. They say two of those were random cases and the others were tied by relationship or lifestyle.