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A man was arrested this morning for the Tulsa Good Friday shooting rampage after he randomly gunned down five black victims on the second anniversary of his father's death at the hands of an African American, according to police.
Jake England, 19, and his friend and alleged accomplice Alvin Watts, 32, both white, face murder charges over the shootings in Tulsa, Oklahoma that killed three and left two wounded.
On Thursday, two years after Carl England was killed, Jake England took to Facebook to rage about the 'f****** n*****' who shot his father to death.
Later that night, England and Watts drove through black neighborhoods in northern Tulsa in a white pickup truck and gunned down five strangers near the spot where England's father died, according to police.
Charged: Jake England, 19, (left) and Alvin Watts, 32, (right) are charged with murdering three people and wounding two others in a series of random shootings that allegedly targeted black people
Racist tirade: The day before the Good Friday shootings, Jake England against the 'f****** n*****' who shot and killed his father Carl England
Thursday afternoon, England wrote on his Facebook wall: 'Today is two years that my dad has been gone shot by a f****** n****** it's hard not to go off.'
He also mentioned Sheran Wilde, 24, his girlfriend and the mother of his young son, who died in January.
'between that and sheran I'm gone in the head. RIP. Dad and sheran I. Love and miss u. I think about both of u every second of the day,' he wrote on his public Facebook profile.
On April 5, 2010, Carl England, 47, showed up at the apartment complex where his daughter lived with her boyfriend. The boyfriend had gotten into a fight Pernell Jefferson, 40, and had hit him with a baseball bat, the Tulsa World reported at the time.
Jefferson, who had been in prison on drug and weapons charges, then tried to break into the couple's apartment but left, saying he planned to 'settle the dispute.'
England and his daughter's boyfriend went looking for Jefferson at the apartment complex. When the found him, England hit him with a stick and knocked him to the ground. Jefferson pulled out a gun and shot England in the chest, the World reported, killing him.
Gunned down: Carl England was killed by an ex-convict after a fight at his daughter's apartment complex April 5, 2010
Convict: Pernell Jefferson, 40, is serving six years in prison for killing Jake England's father, Carl
Jefferson, who is black, was arrested the next day when he showed up at a hospital. He was convicted of pointing a firearm. He is serving a six year prison sentence in the shooting.
Carl England was killed at 3608 N. Quaker Ave. in northern Tulsa. All of the Good Friday shootings occurred within four miles of the apartment complex where he died. Most were much closer.
Black community leaders held a meeting on Friday night to calm unrest and promote safety.
NAACP Tulsa president, the Rev. Warren Blakney Sr., told the World that the shooter appeared to be 'targeting black people to shoot.'
'I'm on edge for my people,' Blakney said as he argued that the crime was clearly racially motivated.
'When there are reports that someone systematically shot black folk, what is one left to believe?' he told reporters.
On Saturday, police chief Chuck Jordan described the shootings as 'vicious and cowardly' as he warned the gunmen: 'We're coming for you.'
Police have confirmed whether the shootings were racially-motivated. However, a special task force and the FBI have begun investigating the crimes.
England's Facebook wall posts show a troubled, angry young man struggling to raise his young son and cope with the loss of his father and his girlfriend.
After the shootings, he wrote: 'People talking s*** on me for some s*** I didn't do... I do believer (sic) it just mite be the time to call it quits... if something does happen tonite be ready for another funeral later.'
By: El Tizona
In: Regional News
Tags: Tulsa shootings, racism, hate crimes, murder
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States (load item map)
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