Councilman, NAACP address North Tulsa shootings

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Updated: 4/07/2012 2:32 pm Published: 4/06/2012 11:08 pm

With many people in North Tulsa upset and frightened about five shootings in a span seven hours. The NAACP is calling for action to be taken.

Tulsa police say three people in died in the shooting.

"I don't want a race riot. I just want this person caught," said Councilman Jack Henderson.

He and members of the NAACP called a late meeting to let the community know they are seeking justice.

"We're very concerned about targeting black people to shoot," said Dr. Warren Blakney, President of the NAACP Tulsa Branch.

They also want the gunman prosecuted for a hate crime.

"Every person, child was African American, said Blakney. “We feel he's targeting African Americans in this part of town."

Venecia Williams is a mother and grandmother and is also fearful and anxious because she doesn't know what could happen next.

"That many shootings in one night,” said Williams. “It's quite a concern."

It was the same concern for the leaders.

"It could very well be sometime tonight or tomorrow that he could kill some more folks," Blakney told FOX23.

Tulsa police told Henderson and the NAACP that officers are working around the clock to arrest the suspect.

Henderson and Blakney encouraged residents to stay calm and stay away from anyone they don't know.

Ray Owens, a pastor of Metropolitan Baptist Church will be speaking with his congregation about the shootings Sunday.

"I actually got a call from a friend who's with the police department who said listen, “I think it's important community leaders use their spree of influence to warn citizens,” said Owens.

He wants his congregation to be aware and alert of what’s going on.

"I don't want to over exaggerate the potential racial implications but I don't want to ignore that either," Owens FOX23.

The two people who survived the shootings are still in the hospital.
Their names have not been released.

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Pony Boy - 4/9/2012 5:37 PM
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All crimes are comitted due to some kind of hatred. Why should anyone be singled out simply because of race? Stop polliticizing crime and get some REAL leadership.

ashleydawn07 - 4/8/2012 2:17 AM
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SportsFan, the black teen in KC clearly committed a hate crime and the case should be handled as such. I don't think we should go tit for tat on this crime and that crime. I'm not sure why people are trying to dance around the fact that this could be a hate crime. Does a person have to walk around in kkk outfit and hang someone for people to actually say that it's a hate crime? This country is still very racist and anyone that tries to deny it and in denial. Not every issue is race related but I believe this is one of the cases where it is.

SportsFan - 4/8/2012 1:56 AM
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"I don't want a race riot. I just want this person caught," said Councilman Jack Henderson. ......................... Well councilman, stop being stupid and saying that this crime and these killings were about race until you and the police know all the facts. Your the one who is saying its racial. Shut up already till ya know the facts. Your comments make you no better than that idiot al sharpton or that other idiot jesse jackson. Now Councilmember, you want a real hate crime. How about you just look north to KC where two black teens set a white boy on fire and said "thats what ya get for being white"

watchdog11 - 4/8/2012 12:03 AM
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There was another shooting a few weeks back where the shooter was driving awhite vehicle, just remembered that, don't know what kind of vehicle it was though. I don't think we need to start jumping to conclusions until we know for sure the guy in the white truck was the shooter, he could have just been someone going to work for all we know, or he could have been a light skinned person who wasn't white, look how fast they identified Zimmerman as white, he is in fact Latino, could have been an Asian, Latino, Middle Eastern, Native American or a light skinned black man, we just don't know yet. I agree whoever he is, we need to find him, doesn't matter who was killed, it is still murder even if it turns out to be drug, racial or gang related.

Pony Boy - 4/7/2012 2:18 PM
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We don't know at this time any details about the person who committed this heinous act, yet so-called community "leaders" are demanding justice and there are already allegations of a "hate crime". Shouldn't we at least wait to see who is suspected of these acts? What if he or she happens to be black? Are we as a society really so racist as to believe haters come in only one color? Has anyone charged the Woodfork fellow with a "hate crime" for his alleged crimes? I am calling out anyone who is making this an issue of race a biggot and a racist. Let's be realistic. Crime is crime and knows no color.

Unwashed Mass - 4/7/2012 1:39 PM
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Not to marginalize the tragedy, but we're lucky it was only a singular event and not something ongoing like the abandon-house arsons.
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