Skiatook man shot early Wednesday

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Story by: Janai Norman
Updated: 8/14/2013 12:33 pm Published: 8/14/2013 12:21 pm

Skiatook police tell FOX23 News they have a person of interest in an overnight shooting that sent an elderly man to the hospital.

Officers say 83-year-old Ken Cooper called 911 to report a possible burglary and that he’d been shot inside his home near West Sixth Street.

FOX23’s Janai Norman spoke with neighbors who say the incident isn’t sitting well with them, one point to another attempted burglary at the same home just a month before.

Detective Shane Thompson confirmed, “There was a report of a burglary previously.”

And Detective Jerry Bullard described Wednesday’s incident as “very uncommon for Skiatook.”

Multiple neighbors recall hearing dogs “going crazy” around 2:00 a.m. That’s around the time police say Cooper called for help.

One of the biggest questions on the scene was whether Cooper knew the person who shot him.

Sergeant Chris Tinsley with Skiatook police tells FOX23 Cooper told emergency responders he did not.

But evidence suggests he might. When we asked, police there told FOX23 there weren’t any immediate signs of forced entry.

Our crews watched as their investigation seemed to focus on the entryway where at least one shell casing was found. That led investigators to consider whether Cooper did know the shooter and let him inside his home.

“That’s a possibility,” Det. Bullard said. “He may have just knocked on the door and it was answered, I just don’t know yet.”

Officers also say they recovered a car not far from Cooper’s home that was stolen in Tulsa, and they believe may be connected to Wednesday’s shooting.

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