TULSA, Okla. – The two suspects arrested in a shooting rampage that terrorized Tulsas black community and left three people dead have confessed, according to police documents given to The Associated Press.
The documents given to the AP on Monday say Jake England, 19, confessed to shooting three people and Alvin Watts, who turned 33 on Monday, confessed to shooting two.
The explanation for a shooting spree may lie in a killing that took place more than two years ago. Englands father, Carl England, was fatally shot in 2010 by a man who had threatened his daughter and tried to kick in the door of her home.
The man was black, and police say Jake England may have been seeking vengeance when he and his roommate shot five black people last week. The two suspects were in court Monday to have their bond set at $9.16 million apiece.
Authorities have said they expect to charge the pair with three counts of first-degree murder and other crimes.
Family and friends say Carl Englands death sent his son into a downward spiral. On Thursday, Jake England apparently wrote a Facebook post marking the second anniversary of his fathers death and lamented that its hard not to go off.
Back in 2010, Carl England had responded to his daughters call for help and with her boyfriend tracked down the man who tried to break in.
A fight broke out, and the man took out a gun and shot England.
Pernell Jefferson was not charged with homicide because an investigation determined he acted in self-defense.
All of those killed in the spree last week were apparently random targets who were shot while walking around.