Police Release Details About Unprovoked Murders At Tulsa Gas Station, Library

We are learning new details about the unprovoked murders of two innocent people in Tulsa last week. The murders were caught on surveillance video, police said.

Tuesday, April 25th 2023, 5:24 pm



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We are learning new details about the unprovoked murders of two innocent people in Tulsa last week.

The murders were caught on surveillance video, police said.

Police said video shows Carlton Gilford kill Lundin Hathcock at the Rudisill Library and then James McDaniel at QuikTrip, blocks away.

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Police said Gilford had no interaction with either victim. He walked up behind both men and shot them in the head, according to police.

Gilford also fired shots at two QuikTrip employees, but they weren’t hit, police said.

The arrest report for Gilford said he shot both men within 10 minutes.

The report said Lundin Hathcock got to the Rudisill Library at 9:19am Tuesday, sat at a computer, then Gilford walked in nine minutes later and shot Hathcock from behind.

Police said Gilford drove to QuikTrip and shot James McDaniel, who was standing at an ATM. Surveillance video shows Gilford shot McDaniel several more times, after he fell to the ground, police said.

Prosecutors said figuring out why this happened will be part of the legal process.

“At this point, the immediate focus is we know two people are dead, one person is accused of that and we are going to stick with that. Trying to figure out the why's of things, that's always an aspect of what we try and do. But I can tell you, and you know this form the cases we've handled, sometimes you never know why someone did something,” said Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler.

Kunzweiler said there is a lot of evidence about what happened, but his focus now is protecting the community by asking the judge to deny bond for Gilford.

"The things that I've see are certainly of sufficient aggravation that I think we need to be asking the court to be precluding any type of bond,” said Kunzweiler.

Police have said the murders appear to be random, since Gilford didn’t know either victim. Kunzweiler said he understands why that’s scary for people.

"While we are all alarmed at what may seem as random acts, there are typically people who are involved with these people who know more, and rather than sitting on their hands doing nothing, they need to be a lot more proactive,” said Kunzweiler.

Gilford will make his first court appearance on April 26, where a judge will make a decision about bond.

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