Man charged in 13-year old’s death

TULSA, Okla. — UPDATE 12/5/22: Christian James Harrison is charged with first degree murder of a 13-year-old boy, and also charged with assaulting and discharging a firearm at a second victim.


Tulsa police told FOX23 19-year old Christian Harrison, has been arrested for a 13-year-old’s shooting death in Tulsa this past week.

The Cherokee Nation Marshal Services have confirmed their agency took Harrison into custody. They say he was arrested in Locust Grove.

The 13-year-old boy died after being shot multiple times outside of an apartment complex in west Tulsa Wednesday evening.

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FOX23 spoke with residents who live at the Parkview Terrace Apartments who said they heard the gunfire that night.

Tulsa Police were back at the Parkview Terrace Apartments talking with residents Thursday afternoon, the scene much calmer than what greeted officers Wednesday evening.

Police say they responded to calls about a shooting outside the apartment complex shortly after 6 p.m. and first responders arrived to find the 13-year-old victim shot several times. The victim was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 6:46 p.m.

A federal affidavit says Harrison was arguing with the victims older brother before the shooting.

The document says Harrison pulled out a gun, with the older brother asking “Are you going to use the gun instead of fight?” The affidavit says Harrison said yes and fired seven shots, with two to three of them hitting the 13-year-old.

Someone who lived at the apartment recalled seeing the shooting near the complex’s mailboxes after picking up her grandchildren from the basketball court.

“Pretty sad stuff, and he’s not even my child,” she said. “But I feel for his mother, I really do. I don’t even know his mom but yeah, pretty sad stuff.”

In light of the tragic turn of events in her community, she has a message for other parents.

“Take care of them because you never know, life changing events within minutes, seconds, your whole life can change, just like this incident.”

Police are asking anyone who may know anything about this case who hasn’t spoken with investigators yet, to call their non-emergency number at 918-596-9222.