Two men are in custody in Tulsa, Oklahoma for shooting four Black men and one Black woman. Jake England 19, believed to be Cherokee and Alvin Watts 32, White, were arrested on Easter Sunday. Allegedly, England’s Facebook page contained plans for “revenge” for the death of Carl England, his father, by a “Black man.” Updates as available.
Within about one hour, five persons were shot within three miles of each other. Two men and one woman are dead. The two wounded are expected to recover.
Community leaders urged calm as Tulsa Police formed unusually large task forces to look for the “shooter,” thinking it was one “White” man, as identified by one of the survivors. From the beginning, Police have theorized that the shootings were racially motivated, although officials said there would be no determination until the killer was caught and the investigation was complete. At this time, it’s not known who pulled the trigger, or whether both men were involved.
The President of Tulsa’s NAACP Chapter, Dr. Warren Blakney:
“We feel like he’s targeting African Americans and I think law enforcement, some parts of law enforcement feel that same way,”
Jake England’s father Carl England, was allegedly killed by a Black man in 2010. His Facebook page has been taken down but The Daily Mail has at least snippets of his postings (see above). The killings happened on the two-year anniversary of the death of his father.
On Thursday, two years after Carl England was killed, Jake England took to Facebook to rage about the ‘f****** n*****’ who shot his father to death.
Later that night, England and Watts drove through black neighborhoods in northern Tulsa in a white pickup truck and gunned down five strangers near the spot where England’s father died, according to police…
Thursday afternoon, England wrote on his Facebook wall: ‘Today is two years that my dad has been gone shot by a f****** n****** it’s hard not to go off.’
He also mentioned Sheran Wilde, 24, his girlfriend and the mother of his young son, who died in January.
‘between that and sheran I’m gone in the head. RIP. Dad and sheran I. Love and miss u. I think about both of u every second of the day,’ he wrote on his public Facebook profile.
On April 5, 2010, Carl England, 47, showed up at the apartment complex where his daughter lived with her boyfriend. The boyfriend had gotten into a fight Pernell Jefferson, 40, and had hit him with a baseball bat, the Tulsa World reported at the time.
Jefferson, who had been in prison on drug and weapons charges, then tried to break into the couple’s apartment but left, saying he planned to ‘settle the dispute.’
England and his daughter’s boyfriend went looking for Jefferson at the apartment complex. When the found him, England hit him with a stick and knocked him to the ground.
Jefferson pulled out a gun and shot England in the chest, the World reported, killing him.
Jefferson, who is black, was arrested the next day when he showed up at a hospital. He was convicted of pointing a firearm. He is serving a six year prison sentence in the shooting.
All of the shootings were within four miles of the apartment building where Carl England was gunned down, although Jefferson’s conviction is for “pointing a gun.”
A friend of England’s family, Susan Sevenstar, told the Associated Press that England was “a good kid” and “a good, hard worker” who “was not in his right mind” after his father’s death and the January suicide of his fiancee, with whom he’d recently had a baby.
“If anybody is trying to say this is a racial situation, they’ve got things confused,” said Sevenstar, who described England as Cherokee Indian. “He didn’t care what your color was. It wasn’t a racist thing.”
Meanwhile on Tulsa’s North side, threats were hanging in the air as one pastor called Police to ask they treat the shootings seriously because…
“We have to handle this because there are a number of African-American males who are not going to allow this to happen in their neighborhood,” he said. “We’re trying to quell the feeling of ‘let’s get someone’ and we will make as certain as we can that this isn’t pushed under the rug.”
No one deserves to be hunted down and randomly shot in revenge for what someone else did. Having said that, how does a felon, who tried to break into your daughter’s apartment, pull out a gun, shoot you in the chest and kill you, and get a six year prison sentence. The answer: self-defense???
UPDATE 4-9-12 @ 8:53 am CDT: A Washington Post article this morning still says England is “white,” not White and/or Native American.