TULSA, Okla. — Four people were killed and a fifth person was hospitalized after being shot in a Tulsa residence, police said Sunday.
The dead were identified as Charlie Dean Dake Jr., 34; Melissa Lynn Dake, 35; Glenda Ellen Harper, 54; and Tammy Brunson, 46. Two of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene. Two more died following the shooting at a Tulsa hospital, according to The Tulsa World.
The fifth victim remains hospitalized in serious condition.
The victims were shot by a lone gunman at close range Saturday night, police said. The Tulsa World reports that officers are looking for a suspect.
Police said a shooting involving multiple victims was reported to authorities about 7 p.m. Investigators said the home had been the scene of several drug arrests.
Capt. Dave Roberts said the investigation had yet to reveal a motive. There is an indication that the suspect might have known the victims and that drugs may have played a role.
"We have someone who said they heard a vehicle leave rapidly after the shooting happened and so we believe he left in a vehicle," Roberts said.
Officers who arrived on the scene found a back door open. The victims did not initially answer police who called to them from the doorway, but the officers soon heard sounds of distress and entered a converted garage area, Roberts said.
More people were in another part of the house at the time of the shooting, he said. They remained at the scene and were cooperating with police.
Bruer said medics also evaluated an uninjured child at the home.
Police said the home had been the scene of several drug arrests within the last year, including at least five occasions where officers were called to the location.
Rodger Gibson, who has lived in the neighborhood for almost a year, said he has tried to avoid the home because he "could tell it is trouble."
"I could not believe it," Gibson said about the shooting. "I couldn't believe they shot that many people."
— The Associated Press
First published November 24 2013, 1:18 PM