Killer still on the run after quadruple homicide

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 11/26/2013 5:22 pm Published: 11/26/2013 5:04 pm

The survivor of a shooting that left four others dead may have been the target.

On Saturday night, 34-year-old Charlie Dake Jr., 25-year-old Melissa Dake, 54-year-old Glenda Harper and 46-year-old Tammy Brunson were killed inside a garage apartment at the corner of East Newton and New Haven.

Randy Ethridge survived the shooting. FOX23 news has learned Ethridge is now out of the hospital. Police said he's laying low so the killer can't come after him again.

And according to police documents, Ethridge was recently arrested on suspicion of selling meth out of the home where the shooting took place.

In February, Ethridge was arrested on complaints of selling meth out of his home and for possessing a firearm while committing a crime.

He was out on bond, but didn't show up for court, so the judge issued a warrant to arrest him again.

On Oct. 28, police arrested Ethridge inside the home and they said he admitted he was still selling meth.

Today, he's the only one alive after he and four others were shot, including the woman listed as his wife, Glenda Harper.

"I don't think that the shooter left him alive for a reason. I think he thought he was dead and he moved on about his business. I think all five of them were supposed to be dead," said Sgt. Dave Walker, with Tulsa police.

Police don't think any of the three women were the initial target of the shooting.

"We're looking at Dake as possibly being involved. But he doesn't live there. So it's a craps shoot whether he's gonna be there or not," said Walker.

That leaves Ethridge, but so far he hasn't been much help to detectives.
"He goes face to face with the killer. He's a dope dealer. This has all the inklings of a dope assassination, so to speak. And he doesn't know anything about it? It flies in the face of any type of reason," said Walker.

Walker is confident, though, that Ethridge will eventually give detectives what they need to make an arrest.

"We don't want him dead, obviously. We would like for him to come in and give us the killers, and we'll go get them and put them in jail," he said.

Ethridge is still out of jail on bond. It's unclear right now how this murder investigation could affect his case if the killer isn't caught soon.

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Mayor Maynot - 11/26/2013 6:32 PM
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Or what if it was a disgruntled husband that lost his wife to meth that Ethridge sold or gave her for sex.

Gregg777 - 11/26/2013 5:28 PM
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most likely with as many arrests as he has had, someone was worried he may try and cut a deal rather than man up and do his own time, or the gunman may have at least worried that someone knew too much in the house. When someone gets busted too many times and are likely going to pull time, most are more than willing to work out something with the police no matter how hard they try to come off as on the street. You reap what you sew...
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