Person of Interest in the murder of Scott Norman and G. Wesley Brown, Promenade surveillance footage
Suspect ambushes Scott Norman in parking lot, Best Buy surveillance footage
Suspect vehicle drops off the shooter, Best Buy surveillance footage
Midtown Tulsa -
Fatal shots were fired Saturday afternoon at Best Buy.
Just after 2:00 p.m., Tulsa Police and EMSA responded to multiple reports of shots being fired at the Best Buy at 5520 East Skelly Drive.
Authorities told Tulsa's Channel 8's crew on the scene that shots were fired from the parking lot, one bullet hitting a customer in the parking lot and another bullet penetrating the glass and hitting a customer inside the store.
Police said 34-year-old Scott Norman of Tulsa, the one in the parking lot, was the intended target.
Police say surveillance video shows that the shooter ambushed Norman in the parking lot and fired multiple rounds. At least one bullet hit Norman in the back.
The second victim, 58-year-old Graydon "Wesley" Brown, was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Mr. Brown was with his 8-year-old daughter inside the store when he was hit.
As of 6:00 p.m. Saturday, police had no connection between either of the victims.
At least five shots were reportedly fired off before the shooter left on foot.
Police believe a small black car dropped the suspect off at Best Buy.
EMSA took both Norman and Brown to Saint Francis Hospital in critical condition.
Both were later pronounced dead.
Tulsa Police Dispatched confirmed that two volunteer chaplains went to Saint Francis to talk to the victims' families.
"In my opinion, there is going to be a relationship between somebody in this group," said TPD Sergeant Dave Walker. "Ordinarily, you wouldn't see, for no reason, somebody walking up to somebody going into a business and shoot them."
Police said they were looking for a black male, 25 to 35 years old, 5'6", weighing 170 to 180 pounds with a scraggly beard. Surveillance video from Best Buy showed the suspect wearing a white jersey with both a number and writing on the back.
Tulsa Police Sergeant Dave Walker believe Scott Norman had been shopping at Tulsa Promenade Mall with his brother prior to the shootings at Best Buy.
A black male wearing a "Let's Eat" jersey number "4" is believed to be associated with the murder. He was seen nearby Mr. Norman and his brother as they shopped at Promenade.
This Best Buy store remained closed as of Noon on Sunday.
The Tulsa PD Homicide Unit knows that this crime was associated with other murders in Tulsa.
On July 9, 2008, Tajuan Davis and Teontae Ray were shot and killed in the 2400 block of East 41st Street North. According to Walker, the victims of those murder had gang ties in Tulsa.
Tulsa Police had the names of possible suspects, but no one came forward to testify.
On July 10, 2011, Bryan Mitchell and Kanisha Jackson were killed in the 640 block of East 53rd Street North. According to Sgt. Walker, Mitchell may have been involved in the Davis and Ray murders three years earlier. Walker said those murders may have been in retaliation for the 2008 murders. Jackson was believed to be an innocent victim.
Anyone with information on Saturday's shootings at Best Buy is strongly urged to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS, the Homicide Tip Line at 918-798-8477, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Norman and Brown were the 27th and 28th murders in Tulsa so far in 2012.
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