Tulsa Police said the spike in unrelated shootings on Saturday is an unusual and surprising amount for one day. There were four shootings in Tulsa on Saturday in just a span of hours.
Two of those cases are homicides and only one of the investigations has a suspect in custody. Tulsa Police said the rise isn’t something that should concern Tulsans in the long run because one weekend of crime doesn’t define the city.
The first shooting turned homicide happened Saturday evening on E. 1st St. There is currently a federal warrant out for Kyle Sago for first degree murder in Indian County.
The second shooting happened Saturday evening near 1200 N. Granite Avenue where police said someone shot several shots into a home. Nobody was hurt and there is no suspect at this time according to TPD.
The third shooting happened on Saturday at Tulsa Raceway Park. Police said a teenage victim was found shot in his abdomen but wouldn’t said what happened. Police said surveillance video shows a large fight breaking out before someone pulled a gun and shot the victim. TPD does not mention a suspect.
The fourth shooting turned homicide happened Saturday night at 3602 N. Quaker Ave. Police said suspect Nia Gaddis turned himself into detectives and was booked on a first-degree murder charge.
Out of the four shootings, police said one arrest has been made and one case has named a suspect with a federal warrant for his arrest. The other two do not have a suspect, according to police.
Tulsa Police Spokesperson Officer Danny Bean said he understands people may be nervous about the number of recent shootings throughout Tulsa but said TPD won’t let the sudden upward trend continue.
“They will definitely see more of a presence right now and that’s for us too to make sure this doesn’t continue to happen, and the community knows we will stop this we won’t let this happen,” Bean said.
He said detectives are constantly working to make sure these cases are solved so that Tulsa stays the mostly calm community it’s known to be.
“Even when we have breakouts it’s not something like this, it’s not shootings,” Bean said. “We don’t see this many happening back to back to back to back in our community.”
Jodie Atwell lives not far from one of the weekend shooting locations. She said the spike in crime doesn’t bother her because she knows Tulsa is better than that. She has lived in North Tulsa for 50 years and said she couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.
“Well I like it here,” Atwell said. “So I would say go ahead and try to live here and enjoy life because I sure do.”
That’s the spirit Officer Bean said he wants Tulsans to remember since he said Tulsa isn’t a crime-driven city; but one with rare occurrences like this past weekend.
“(The shock of this) proves this is the best place in America,” Bean said. “We have a great community, that’s why we don’t see those things and when it does happen its surprising to all of us.”
TPD said if you do see something strange in your neighborhood, feel free to give them a call because their goal every day is to make sure you are safe.