Second day of gang-related shootings

by Michael Bush -

For the second time in two days, Altus Police were called to the 700 block of N. Julian. According to reports, a call came in Wednesday evening around 7:30 p.m. to investigate shots fired. Police responded after the caller said they heard gunfire in front of their home. Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy said that no injuries were reported, but witnesses in the area did tell police they saw two black males shooting at each other.

Police searched the surrounding area but were unable to locate the suspects.

Murphy added that a second shooting was reported to Altus Police at around 10:45 p.m. Wednesday night at 1125 W. Davis. Murphy said that one man was sent to Jackson County Memorial Hospital where he was later transported to an Oklahoma City hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg.

“He (the victim) provided little information to investigators, but did tell police that as he was walking on Davis Street when an unknown subject suddenly appeared from behind him and began shooting.”

Murphy said that police did recover shell casings from the crime scene, and that three parked vehicles were also damaged during the shooting. Investigators will be traveling to Oklahoma City today to re-interview the victim in hopes of obtaining additional information in this shooting.

Altus Police currently have no suspects, but believe that the recent shootings are gang related.

Altus Police are encouraging anyone with information about these shootings to contact the Altus / Jackson County Crime Stoppers at 482-8477 (TIPS) . You can remain anonymous and you could be eligible for a cash reward.

by Michael Bush

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