Nightly News | April 09, 2012
>>> now we turn to tulsa , oklahoma, where after a saturday easter weekend , two men suspected to a shooting spree that left three dead and two more injures were in court today. the rampage left the city shaken up and afraid that the attacks were racially motivated . our reports tonight from nbc's janet shamlian .
>> as an uneasy tulsa grappled with a shooting spree , 19-year-old jake england and 32-year-old alvin watts made their initial court appearance by tell conference by the county jail , facing first degree murder and several other charges, they're held on $9 million bond. the five victims, all black males , were shot within hours of each other friday, all in the city's prenominantly arican african-american north side . deion tucker was among the suh survivors.
>> he started shooting. when he shot me, i jumped off the porch and jumped behind my truck.
>> investigators caution against labeling the incident a hate crime , though they're looking at a racially charged facebook posting by the teenager which may indicate revenge as a motive. he writes about the two-year anniversary of his father's death add the hands, he says, of a black man. though it's unclear what it means, a posting later in the day said, if something does happen tonight, be ready for another funeral later. a friend finds it inconceivable he's involved.
>> last time i talked to jake, he -- he actually told me he loved me.
>> neighbors and the greater tulsa community share the sorrow. for the victims and for the shadow it could cast upon them all.
>> this community will not be defined by the treacherous evil crimes of two individuals. that's not what tulsa , oklahoma, is about.
>> federal officials have been helping with the investigation, but tonight, say it is unlikely any federal charges will be filed. the suspects will formally be arraigned here in tulsa next monday. brian.
>> janet shamlian in tulsa for us tonight. thank you for that.