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December 9, 2011

Teen gunned down

Suspects sought in possible related late-night shooting

— Muskogee police were looking for suspects in a late Friday night shooting, said Johnnie Teehee, deputy chief of police.

The incident occured about 9:45 p.m. on North 36th Street and Port City Acres. Teehee said the injury was not life-threatening.

Teehee said police believe the incident was related to the fatal shooting of Anton Nelson on Friday morning.

Police taped off the parking area on the east side of the street where the shooting took place.

Five subjects were questioned earlier in the day by police while community leaders planned a prayer vigil in the wake of the deadly shooting.

Nelson’s death was the third fatal shooting in Muskogee since Nov. 11. Nelson, 18, was charged as accessory in the Arrowhead Mall shooting on April 10, 2010.

None of the five questioned were arrested as of 6 p.m. Friday. Their names were not released by law enforcement officers.

“There may be some material witness arrests,” said Richard Slader, an investigator with the Muskogee County District Attorney’s Office.

Nelson was shot at the intersection of 21st and Tennyson streets. Police were called at 10:27 a.m. They found Nelson in the street and performed CPR until medics arrived. Nelson was taken to Muskogee Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Yellow crime scene tape was strung from several neighboring homes blocking off Tennyson Street from 21st to 22nd Street. Investigators photographed the crime scene, mapping out the bullet casings that littered the street. In addition, police also found bullets in a tree and a utility pole.

Slader said officers were following leads.

“We’re in the process of searching a house looking for a gun,” Slader said Friday afternoon.

The 2010 Arrowhead Mall shooting claimed the life of Jarrod Reed, 17, and injured five others.

Nelson, who was 17 at the time, was charged as an accessory to first-degree murder and assault and battery with a deadly weapon. Because being an accessory is not a chargeable offense under the youthful offender statutes, the charges were dismissed and refiled in juvenile court. Privacy laws prohibit officials from commenting on the status of Nelson’s case.

In response to the recent string of homicides, community leaders have planned a prayer vigil. The event, organized by the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, religious leaders and the Muskogee County District Attorney’s Office, is planned for 6 p.m. Sunday at Antioch Baptist Church.

“In addition to the three lives that have been lost, there are 15 black men who have thrown their lives away,” Muskogee NAACP Chapter President Derrick Reed said. “We don’t have the answers, but God does. We, as leaders of the community, are going to Him in prayer in search of those answers.”

Nelson’s is the fourth homicide of the year.

• Jan. 14, Paul David Granosfsky, 51, was found stabbed to death in his apartment at Fairhaven Apartments, 500 Dayton St. Teresa Patrick, 39, who also lived in the apartment, was arrested but later was released after officials ruled the stabbing as self-defense.

• Roshun English, 35, was shot and killed Nov. 11. Police arrested Romonne Levell Johnson Jr., 16, and Dawaan James Norwood, 21. Both have been charged with first-degree murder.

• Ryan Satterfield, 17, of Fort Gibson was shot and killed at his friend’s house at 1505 E. Okmulgee Ave., when several other teens tried to rob him and his friends. That shooting occurred Thanksgiving eve, Nov. 23. Six teenagers were arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

Reporter D.E. Smoot contributed to this report.

Reach Elizabeth Ridenour at (918) 684-2929 or eridenour@muskogeephoenix.com.

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