Police identify man killed in west Tulsa

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Story by: Janai Norman
Updated: 10/03/2013 11:45 am Published: 10/02/2013 5:33 am

Tulsa police have identified a man found shot to death in west Tulsa.

Police said Kendall Austin was killed on Tuesday. Police are searching for gunmen after a man is found shot dead in West Tulsa.

It happened around 10:30 Tuesday night on South 36th Street West as officers believe two men were trying to run inside a home to safety.

FOX23 spoke with the only witness to the shooting, Jay Johnson.

“They heard me screaming ‘Kendall, no. Kendall, no. Somebody call the ambulance, call the police.’”

We talked with Jay Johnson following his interview with detectives about what happened after he and his friend Kendall were heading home Tuesday.

“This was plotted. We pulled up here, as soon as I’m getting out the car somebody pulls up with their lights out,” Johnson recalled. “Four to five guys jump out.”

That’s when he says they started shooting, hitting the home where FOX23 learned four young children were inside. Outside, his best friend, who Johnson says was like a brother, was hit.

“A guy right here just shot my brother in the back,” he said motioning to a spot on his driveway.

Johnson says he has a license to carry a firearm, so he ran inside to get his gun and started shooting back.

“He’s right at my feet and I’m just shooting over him back at these people. They manage to get back in the car, I’m shooting, I busted out the windows, I don’t know if anybody got hit.”

We checked in with police who say it is possible someone inside the burgundy Ford SUV was hit, and they suspect there’s damage, possibly bullet holes or a busted out window.

For Johnson, he says the memories are the worst experiences of his life, watching his best friend lose his life too soon.

“A good, amazing person died for no reason, for nothing, shot in the back and killed,” he said. “It just hurts.”

Wednesday morning Johnson and his family learned their two dogs were also shot and killed in Tuesday’s gunfire.

Johnson says he just hopes the shooters are brought to justice. He plans to hold a candle burning ceremony to remember the victim at 8:30 Wednesday night at South Haven Park near West 38th Street.

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