Two white men were arrested Sunday in connection with the shooting of five black African-American men, north of Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Friday night, Associated Press reported.
Police held the suspects, Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32, at about 2:00 a.m. from the same place where the incident took place, after the investigators received an anonymous tip.
FBI and local investigators were hunting for the killers and probing the case with a possibility of it being a hate crime as it appears to be a somewhat racially motivated crime.
However, a recent revelation in the case indicates revenge as the motive behind the ruthless killing, as England updated his Facebook status blaming a black man for the death of his father two years ago and Thursday was his death anniversary.
“It’s hard not to go off,” England wrote. I'm gone in the head. Today is two years that my dad has been gone, he wrote on his Facebook profile referring to the person who killed his father, using a racial slur.
I do believe it just mite be the time to call it quits. ... I'm done. If something does happen tonite, be ready for another funeral, England, the Tulsa native, wrote.
Police spokesman Jason Willingham said they are investigating all the angles in the case; however, “It’s apparent from the posting on the Facebook page that he had an ax to grind, and that was possibly part of the motive.”
“I certainly couldn’t make that determination right now,” he added. “We’re going to explore any possible motive.”
Earlier the witnesses told the police that there was a lone gunman driving a white pickup truck, who shot five people (four men and one woman) within a radius of two kilometers while they were walking on the street around 1:00 am local time, killing three and injuring the remaining two.
Tulsa city councilor Jack Henderson said, “I think that somebody that committed these crimes was very upset with black people,” he said. “ That’s a personal feeling, and I’m not trying to speak for anybody else.”
The victims who died in the dreadful killings have been identified as Dannaer Fields, 49, Bobby Clark, 54 and William Allen, 31.
Police spokesman Willingham said both the suspects, natives of Tulsa, are held without bail and are expected to be charged with three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of shooting intended to kill.