Tulsa police arrest 2nd suspect in Best Buy shooting


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Updated: 7/19/2012 5:59 pm Published: 7/19/2012 9:04 am




Tulsa police capture a man they believe to have been the gunman in the recent Best Buy shootings. The suspect is a former East Central football player and convicted felon. Two men died Saturday afternoon including a dad shopping with his daughter.

Willie Wise faces two murder complaints. Police arrested him during a traffic stop Thursday morning near 23rd and Jackson. Police tell FOX23 they received information from Shania Craven which led them to Wise. Craven is being held for accessory to murder. Also believed to be connected with the shooting is Jeremy Foster. He was recently released from prison and has been arrested for two complaints of first degree murder.

Shortly after their arrests, FOX23 spoke with the family of Wesley Brown. He was the bystander that was killed. They say they are overjoyed that the man believed to be his killer is now off the street and behind bars.

"It alleviates a lot of fear. We're still as a family absolutely heartbroken and that can't be changed,” says his step-daughter, Erin Harper.

Harper says she got a call early Thursday morning after the arrest of Willie Wise and Jeremy Foster.

"I jumped up and down and was really happy and I immediately called my mom, and then broke down sobbing. That's kind of my reaction,” she says.

As the family struggled to make sense of why their father was taken so soon, a tree stands in their front yard decorated with teal colored ribbons. That was Wesley’s favorite color.

"Seeing teal ribbons while driving around Tulsa and having people wear them on their lapel, you know it's just moving,” says Harper.

The family’s focus is now on his young daughter who was with him in Best Buy the day he died.

"That's the worst part for me. I mean it's all bad there's really no worst part about it. She's just a loving little girl and you know who needs lots of hugs and kisses,” says Harper.

Tulsa police believe Wise has ties to area gangs, but just a couple of years ago he was an all district football player on East Central’s state finalist team in 2010.

Gangs recruiting teens like this is a huge problem in Tulsa where they commit a majority of the violent crime.

“We have a larger organized gang unit than Oakland, California. We are putting a tremendous amount of resources towards gang violence,” says Tulsa police chief, Chuck Jordan.

Although they believe they have all the suspects in this case in custody, police are still asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers. That number is 918-596-COPS.



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aleman - 7/22/2012 6:24 AM
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This should be a death penalty offense,it was premeditated and he stalked his victim.He was out a short time and did it again,there needs to be some kind of investigation on why he was released so soon and the people responsible for his early release punished severely.

watchdog11 - 7/21/2012 7:59 PM
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I can understand the family being happy the trash has been caught, but the real point still remains, if they hadn't released the man who had already killed at least two people back onto the street, Mr. Brown and the other victim would still be alive, the question they should be asking is "Why was a convicted murderer released to kill again?". This has got to stop, they need to either put them to death, or put them in prison for the rest of their lives, you can't battle the same old criminals over and over while having new younger ones added to the battle every day soon the odds are so stacked against the police there will be nothing anyone can do.

dog gonnitt - 7/19/2012 9:49 PM
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I say we should recruit the military to locate and kill all gang members just as they did al-quieda. The military is sworn to protect this land foreign and domestic.

dukshanee - 7/19/2012 7:29 PM
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wow really!? a convicted felon!!!???? im ssoooooooooooo surprised!!!!!

aleman - 7/19/2012 3:30 PM
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His picture,so everyone knows what a yellowbellied coward looks like.

Lucky 7 - 7/19/2012 2:39 PM
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What a waste! and you know well as i do the killing is going to continue and continue. Somebody has to get justice for Scott Norman. Sad life to live in killing on killing will never stop with these useless codes of gangs.

Mayor Maynot - 7/19/2012 2:03 PM
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Let's eat. Looks like beans for a while.
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