This Week's Surge of Shootings: Experts Weigh In
Authorities across Green Country are continuing to investigate a series of unrelated shootings that happened this week.
On Tuesday, two men were injured in a shooting in North Tulsa, a 58-year-old man died in a shooting in Wagoner County, a 25-year-old man was injured in a shooting in Owasso, and two Colorado fugitives died in a reported murder-suicide in Tulsa.
"Those are kind of random events that happen, but they spike interest in people," said Crime Prevention Network Executive Director Carol Bush.
Channel 8 asked Tulsa Police if the recent weather warm-up could have anything to do with the trend. Officer Jillian Roberson said in the two Tulsa shootings, there are many factors but, "Violent crime can happy at any time. It really doesn't matter what the weather is. If people are going to harm each other, unfortunately they're going to do it whether it's nice outside or whether it's cold or rainy outside."
However, Roberson and Bush agreed that home burglaries and similar crimes often increase when the temperature warms up.
"We leave our doors open, we leave our windows open, we leave our yard equipment out. So, it's a good time of year to remind people that you got to continue to harden the target and not make yourself a victim of crime," Bush said.