• Police: Gun violence in Tulsa increasingly dangerous for bystanders

    By: Ashli Lincoln


    TULSA, Okla. - Quick facts:

    • Since June 1, there have been more than 300 reports for firearms on aggravated assault in Tulsa.
    • No arrest has been made in last week’s drive-by shooting that sent a five-year-old to the hospital.
    • Police say these are sometimes crimes of mistaken identity.

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    FOX23 is investigating the number of shootings in Tulsa.

    An investigation shows that there have been hundreds of shootings in Tulsa during the last three months, averaging about four per day.

    One of last week’s shootings involved a five-year-old that was nearly shot and now officers are saying it was a revenge drive-by where the shooting took aim at the wrong house.

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    Since June, Tulsa has seen almost 400 incidents involving guns, and while they make up a majority of the murders so far this year, they are also coming dangerously close to bystanders.

    Leland Ashley with the Tulsa Police Department says crimes like that revenge drive-by go up during the summer months.

    “We see that quite often, and we see some of these drive-by shootings, some walk-up shootings,” he said. “A lot of times, it’s not gang-related. It’s more of a lifestyle.”

    Tulsa police have received 346 reports of aggravated assault with a firearm since June.

    “They’re quick to get a firearm, and it’s not used as a defense, it’s used as an attack,” said Ashley.

    Ashley also said investigators often have a difficult time solving crimes, as victims are often in their homes, falling to the ground once they hear gunfire, unable to see their attackers.

    Police said there is no real way for homeowners to protect themselves to protect themselves from this kind of crime.

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