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VIDEO: Two Men Arrested over Tulsa Shooting Spree

Incident wasn’t racially motivated, says family friend
Posted: 10/04/2012 05:42 PM
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TWO MEN accused of shooting five black people, three fatally, in the Oklahoma city of Tulsa on Good Friday have confessed, according to a police report,

Jake England, 19, admitted shooting three people and Alvin Watts, 32, confessed to shooting two during the gun-spree.

Both are being held on suspicion of three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of shooting with the intent to kill and one count of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

It is believed that the rampage was sparked following the death of England’s father, who was in 2010 during an altercation with a black man outside his daughter's apartment complex.

ACCUSED: Jake England and Alvin Watts

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The three dead men have been named as Dannaer Fields, 49, Bobby Clark, 54, and William Allen, 31.

The two men wounded in the attacks, David Hall, 46, and Deon Tucker, 44, have since been released from hospital.

Family and friends say Carl England's death sent his son into a downward spiral.

Alicia Houston, who lives near the roommates, told the Tulsa World that she has known England since he was a child and 'from the time his father died, that boy has been somebody else

However, family friend, Susan Sevenstar, dismisses claims that the shooting was racially motivated.

She told AP: “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 colour was. It wasn't a racist thing,” she said.

The recent shootings in America follow that of unarmed black teen, Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed by neighbourhood watchman, George Zimmerman, as he walked home from a local shop on Feb 26.