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12:47pm UK, Sunday April 08, 2012
Two men have been arrested after three people were shot dead and two critically wounded in a shooting spree in Oklahoma.
The Friday morning shootings in Tulsa had left the city’s black community on edge through the weekend.
All five victims – four black men and one black woman – were shot by a man described by police as white.
Tulsa police spokesman Jason Willingham said Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32, were arrested at a house just north of Tulsa shortly before 2am (local time).
They were expected to face three charges of first-degree murder and two counts of shooting with intent to kill.
Police in Tulsa are being assisted by the FBI and US Marshals Service
Mr Willingham said police acted on an anonymous tip.
“We don’t have a motive at this time. We are still asking questions and hopefully that will become clear in coming days,” he said.
Before the arrests, authorities had said the shootings in a predominantly black neighbourhood of the city were believed to be linked.
Police said the shootings happened around the same time and all five victims were out walking when they were shot.
Witnesses have said he drove through the area asking people for directions before producing a handgun and firing.
The three men killed have been named as William Allen, 31, Dannaer Fields, 49 and 54-year-old Bobby Clark. The names of the surviving victims have not been released.
At least two dozen officers were called to investigate the case, along with the FBI and US Marshals Service.