Tulsa police say violence is targeted in drug community

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 11/26/2013 6:34 pm Published: 11/26/2013 5:09 pm

Tulsa police have made little progress finding a gunman who killed four people in north Tulsa over the weekend.

On Saturday night, 34-year-old Charlie Dake Jr., 25-year-old Melissa Dake, 54-year-old Glenda Harper and 46-year-old Tammy Brunson were killed inside a garage apartment at the corner of East Newton and New Haven.

Randy Ethridge survived the shooting.

Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan told FOX23 people not involved with drugs don't need to worry about the killer.

Recently there have been two shootings, four people killed in each, both apparently meth related.

It's easy to think meth-related violence is growing.

"We had 11 we can identify as meth-related. 'Does that seem abnormal do you?' Not really. You know, a lot of our homicides are gang-related or meth-related," Jordan said.

Jordan said the department has focused on putting the squeeze on gangs this year, and gang-related violence has gone down.

He said they plan to do the same to Tulsa's meth dealers.

"We may change some of our tactics. We may try to look and see if we can identify some of the more violent offenders ahead of them committing those crimes. But that's difficult to do," he said.

He said a lot of these violent people are not what many have in mind when they think of violent drug runners.

"This is not your television cartel, gangsters with machine guns coming in. You know, this is local folks involved in drug deals gone bad, involved in robberies. You know, that's, unfortunately, part of the drug culture," he said.

The good news, he said, is that most of the meth-related violence has been aimed directly at other meth-users or dealers.

"Collateral damage; people that happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. That's always a huge concern. I would just tell people that if you're not involved in that kind of lifestyle, you're not in immediate danger from any of this," he said.

Jordan said programs like drug court have been successful in getting some drug criminals out of that lifestyle.

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Steve H - 11/27/2013 11:56 PM
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"Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan told FOX23 people not involved with drugs don't need to worry about the killer." Kids in the houseā€¦.lost their caregivers. I am almost 100% sure that the children were not involved in drugs. Did they have anything to worry about? If something would have happened to them, would they be collateral damage or have some sort of "responsibility" for the incident? Chief, think before you speak, even some of the adult casualties may have just been at the wrong place at the wrong time. Stop making all of the victims look like it was their own doing unless you have proof. S.H - NC

Survivor 13 - 11/27/2013 11:25 PM
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"Collateral Damage" Really! 4 people killed in my book is murder regardless of the circumstances. The Chief of Police needs to be a bit more articulate and sympathetic when expressing how he feels to the families of the deceased and the community he represents. Not everyone there may have been dealing, or buying drugs. I agree people can be in the wrong place at the wrong time, but that doesn't make them drug dealers or bad people. "Family member of the Collateral Damage"

Mayor Maynot - 11/27/2013 7:33 PM
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WyoMo #8 ^]] Not curious enough to enter that question into a web search.

WyoMoe - 11/27/2013 8:32 AM
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Im curious. Where does Tulsa rank in number of murders for a city it's size? I bet close to number 1

Unwashed Mass - 11/26/2013 11:27 PM
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"Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan told FOX23 people not involved with drugs don't need to worry" Can you see this guy making the same speech to the Sandy Hook massacre families? Blaming the victims is bottom-feeder politics.

Mayor Maynot - 11/26/2013 7:12 PM
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Did Ethridge know the trigger man?
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