Victim released from hospital in Spartan apt. shooting

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Updated: 2/22/2013 7:50 pm Published: 2/22/2013 6:38 pm

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology was closed today following a shooting that left one student dead and three others wounded.

"It's crazy, that we all came here to go to school and you can't put it off on security or school because it's not their fault. Stuff like this happens," said Spartan student Justin Martin.

The shooting happened at Spartan Landing Apartments around 9:00pm Thursday night. The apartment is located directly behind the school on Pine.

Within an hour and half, a roommate of two of the victims was arrested.

Mark Hopkins, 41, also a student from Alabama, was found on foot about a mile and half away from the complex.

Chaz Fain, 18, from Florida was killed. Two 18-year-old victims are from Georgia and Texas and police are unsure where the 19-year-old is from.

Friends tell FOX23 News, one of the victims has been released from the hospital and two are still recovering from their injuries.

"It's just devastating,” said Spartan student, Sean Simpson.

In moments, a peaceful night turned upside down.

"Not ten minutes before he was in our apartment and it happened,” said Martin.

Both lived directly under the apartment where four Spartan students were shot, including Fain who died.

"This is mind blowing,” said Simpson.

Police are also puzzled.

"Shocking. I don't think anyone expected anything to occur. I think it was rapidly unfolding in front of folks,” said Tulsa Police Homicide Sergeant Dave Walker.

Investigators have been able to talk to the surviving victims who say one of the teens tried to stop the suspected shooter who also lived in the apartment where it happened.

"Something happened to stop the individual from shooting, he grabbed his arm," said Walker.

However, the harm was done and the shooter was quickly out the door.

"No one really understands the mindset of the shooter at the time when he started shooting,” said Walker.

Police say the accused gunman was arrested a short time later. Records show Hopkins is 20-years old than the victims. Police believe he may not have been expecting so many students to be in his apartment last night.

“Maybe there was a comment that was, ‘aren’t you people getting ready to leave?"’ said Walker. "This is one that is probably one when we critique to see if there is a way for us to intervene before this occurred the answer to that is no."

Police say Hopkins did not have run-ins with Tulsa police.

"I would never think that he would end up like this,” said Spartan student Andrew Sidhi.

Students tell FOX23 they have mixed emotions about security at the complex.

"They need to enforce more security rules, get more security guards, do more room searches," said Simpson.

Students tell FOX23 News room searches were done just two weeks ago.

Students say surveillance cameras even caught a student bringing in beer which is against the rules and so are guns.

"You feel like your privacy is taken away when they are coming into your place,” said Spartan student Dennis Carr.

A Spartan administrator told FOX23 News that security will be evaluated.

"I don't know what changes needed to be made but if there are changes that need to be made we will change," said Spartan Vice President of Training Aviation, Douglas Yost.

Students showed FOX23 News cellphone text messages that alerted students about the shootings Thursday night and sent alerts to cancel class on Friday.

Detectives say Spartan has one of the most stringent security teams in town.

"They're on it,” said Walker.

Of the 15 homicides in Tulsa this year, detectives report nine were in apartment complexes.

"If a murder can happen in this complex with that type of arrangement I don't see that is our fault or the public's fault,” said Walker.

TPD reports in the last five years, there has been one murder within a one-mile radius of Spartan Landing. The most common crime are burglaries with a total of 389 since 2008.

"Spartan wants us to be safe, they want everyone to be safe,” said Martin.

Spartan College plans to reopen on Monday.

Jail records show Hopkins faces First-Degree Murder charges and three counts of Shooting With Intent to Kill. He is being held without bond.

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marcus lanier - 2/25/2013 2:02 PM
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Its sad that in the current circumstances all some people can do is complain about spartan. I am currently a student at spartan and let me tell you that I am offended by what you have said. I may not have personally known Chad but he is a brother not by blood but of bond and I miss him in every thought. I feel sadness and mourn with his family as they have to bury him at an age younger than myself at twenty. Yet all you can do is talk trash about spartan and Tulsa PD. Why don't you try getting in touch with your humanity. God help us...

Mayor Maynot - 2/24/2013 10:13 AM
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Doug ! You still plaY Tuba??

dov2212 - 2/23/2013 6:08 AM
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Okie, I too went to spartan and believe that your comments about Mr. Yost are uncalled for, and make you look like an ass.

okieAV8R - 2/22/2013 8:12 PM
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My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families. What a terrible tragedy. It's going to be hard to not make this seem like an attack on Spartan, but it is what it is. I'm wondering if detectives are talking about a different school when they said "Spartan has one of the most stringent security teams in town." I lived in the Spartan Landing when I was 19, and the security team I saw sat in their cars smoking cigarettes all night. The high tech security gate at the apartment, that consisted of a padlocked chain strung up between two posts, really did its job when someone stole my truck and plowed through it. In the 3 months I lived there, I remember at least one car break-in per week, and an apartment was even broken into. One other vehicle besides mine was also stolen. TPD was also on top of their game when the officer who showed up to take the stolen vehicle report didn't even get out of his car. He just rolled down the window, and ignored me when the apartment manager walked up and told him about how he suspected there was a prostitution ring being ran out of one of the apartments. Stringent security, indeed. After I moved out for feeling unsafe Spartan slapped me with an $800 break-lease fee. Oh well, after spending $100,000 to graduate, what's another $800? A little off-topic, but I really got a warm fuzzy feeling after not even getting invited to the graduation ceremony after asking about it several times. I also want to add that Doug Yost is a gem. Yeah, Doug. I can think of a few changes: The company that bought Spartan needs to fire you and your worthless daughters you hired, doze both campuses, and build a new campus somewhere else. You're such a pompous unsympathetic ass. /Endrant
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