Neighbor says quadruple shooting was a message


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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 11/25/2013 5:20 pm Published: 11/25/2013 4:38 pm


Tulsa detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect in the murder of four people in north Tulsa on Saturday night.

Police said 34-year-old Charlie Dake Jr., 35-year-old Melissa Dake, 46-year-old Tammy Brunson and 54-year-old Glenda Harper were killed inside the garage apartment at the corner of East Newton and New Haven.

A fifth victim survived the shooting, but police have not released that person's identity.

Neighbors told FOX23 they are worried because this crime appears drug related.

The main fear is retaliation, one man asked FOX23 to hide his identity. He said he's sure this was a drug-related hit.

"From my personal opinion, it was contract. It was a message," he said.

That message, he said, is simple: "You owe somebody like that you better pay."

And while it was drugs that got them killed, he said at their core, they were all good people.

He called Glenda Harper and Tammy Bruson sweet women. He didn't know Charlie Dake or Melissa Dake as well, but said they were nice folks.

"The only one I feel sorry for is Misty's little boy. I think (he's) only 14," he said.

He said only one of the victims was the actual target and, while he's afraid to say which one, he said the other three were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"No witnesses. You don't leave witnesses when you're going to walk in a room and do that. Sorry, I would do the same thing," he said.

Even though he said the drug world is getting to be a scarier and more dangerous place, he doesn't think the rest of Tulsa needs to worry.

"This was an isolated incident. It will be over with and done in the next week or so. It'll be forgotten," he said.


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Daelyanna - 11/27/2013 12:53 PM
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I knew Charlie Dake Jr. He has at least 3 children. Nice person he was not. I am sad that people lost their lives but it shows that when caught in the drug world, people are gambling with their lives and their loved ones lives.

Mayor Maynot - 11/26/2013 10:39 AM
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Time may tell the tale on this event. Till then ;-0h well.
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