A 16-year-old Oklahoma boy was being questioned by police Thursday night after they discovered a sniper's nest on the roof of his apartment building, while investigating the apparently random shooting of a passing motorist.
The boy, who wasn't identified because he is a juvenile, was being questioned late Thursday by Tulsa homicide detectives. NBC News couldn't immediately confirm reports that he had been arrested.
The driver, who wasn't identified, told police he heard a loud "pop" as he drove up Pine Street in North Tulsa about noon (1 p.m. ET). He initially thought something was wrong with his pickup truck, but a few blocks later, he realized that he'd been shot in the arm.
The man's injuries were reported to be non-life-threatening.
Investigators canvassing the area found a .22-caliber rifle and 13 spent shell casings on the roof of an apartment building along Pine Street.
They told NBC station KJRH of Tulsa that they believed the boy, who lives in the apartment with his mother and isn't enrolled in school, had been hiding behind a stack of suitcases and shooting at random targets.
Investigators also found a car parked nearby with a bullet lodged in its left rear passenger door.
That car belongs to the family of Donnie Gibson, who's opening a restaurant across the street from the building. Gibson told KJRH that he had been hearing firecracker-like "pops" multiple times a day for several days.
Once he saw the bullet hole in the car, he said, "It tells me it's gunshots."
"I'm worried. I don't want to be shot at out here working in the lot," he said. "Somebody could have got killed."
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First published October 24 2013, 7:17 PM