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Oklahoma officials warn suspect who shot 4, killing 1, fled the scene: 'armed and dangerous'

Officials in Oklahoma are still searching for a primary suspect believed to have shot four people, killing one, in Tulsa Wednesday evening.

The Tulsa Police Department warned the community to remain vigilant as the suspect who is believed to have shot four victims outside a home near 31st Street and Harvard is considered “armed and dangerous.” One died of their injuries, police said.

TPD Captain Richard Meulenberg told reporters at the scene that the shooting escalated from an argument that persisted throughout the day.

“This was an absolutely tragic incident,” Meulenberg said, “where people were arguing with one another, that erupted into horrific gun violence and someone’s lost their life because of it.”

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“This is not a random shooting, so it’s not as if we had a homicidal manic just shooting random people, he clearly had a specific target or group of targets here, but he’s still armed and dangerous. So, whether he has other targets, whether he’ll do something irrational if backed into a corner, we don’t know that right now,” Meulenberg said.

Richard Meulenberg speaking

Tulsa Police Department Captain Richard Meulenberg told reporters at the scene that the shooting escalated from an argument. (KOKI-TV)

He continued: “It is a problem that we see in this country where people just can’t figure out their problems, and they go straight to violence.”

He added: “So, all we’re asking is to have a heightened sense of awareness, as you always should, and if you happen to have information about this particular incident and this particular suspect, we are begging people to call us, tell us what’s happening, because we only have a successful solve rate with our homicides because of the work with the community. We wouldn’t be as successful as we were if they didn’t help us.”

Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call the Tulsa Police Department at 918-596-9222 or Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.

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