Police: Tulsa killings "appeared to be totally random"

Jake England, 19 (left), and Alvin Watts, 32, were arrested in connection with a wave of deadly shootings in Tulsa, Okla., early Friday April 6, 2012.
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(AP) TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa police say there was no connection between the suspects and victims in a series of shootings that terrorized the city's black community.

Police Chief Chuck Jordan said Sunday the victims "appeared to be totally random."

Three people were killed and two seriously wounded in the shootings early Friday. Jordan says the two who survived have been released from the hospital.

Police have said there is a connection between the shootings and the shooting of a suspect's father by a black man two years ago.

All the victims of the shooting spree are black. Police previously described the two suspects as white.

Acting on an anonymous tip, police took the suspects into a custody at a home just outside town around 2 a.m. Authorities said they planned to charge them with murder and other offenses in a series of shootings early Friday that left three people dead and two critically wounded, all of them black.

Police identified both suspects as white but said investigators have not said whether the attacks on the city's predominantly black north side were racially motivated, as many in the community feared.

Police spokesman Jason Willingham said investigators are looking at a Facebook page in which it appears one of the men, 19-year-old Jake England, expressed anger over his father being shot and killed by a black man. Willingham said police were aware of the page but he could not say for certain it was England's.

A Thursday update on the Facebook page noted it has been two years since England's father died and "it's hard not to go off" between that anniversary and the death of his fiancee earlier this year.

A friend of the family, Susan Sevenstar, told the Associated Press that England's fiancee had killed herself in January. The Facebook page had been taken down Sunday afternoon.

The other man arrested was identified as Alvin Watts, 32. It was not immediately clear whether the men had attorneys.

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The Rev. Warren Blakney Sr., president of the Tulsa NAACP, said the arrests came as a big relief.

"The community once again can go about its business without fear of there being a shooter on the streets on today, on Easter morning," he said.