Man shot in car; toddler found unharmed in vehicle
tially had no information about who shot the man or why. Detectives processed the scene for several hours and canvassed the neighborhood for witnesses while numerous onlookers gathered behind crime-scene tape.
Several of the victim's family members, including a woman who said she was the deceased man's sister, reacted in despair to news of the shooting. Some tried to rush past the police tape toward the body that still lay in the road more than an hour into the investigation.
Officers and neighbors grabbed hold of the mourners and tried to console them.
One woman collapsed and hit her head on the roadway after learning who had been shot. Officers rushed to the woman and called paramedics, who treated her at the scene.
Police handed the girl who was found in the vehicle over to family members.
The name of the victim has not been released, and police did not say what his relationship was with the child.
LaShon Richardson, who said she was the mother of the victim, told the Tulsa World her son was shot seven times.
“He was a very kind person. He didn't mind helping anybody,” she said.
“I can't believe down like that.”
Referencing the shooter, she said, “You best believe God's going to hold you accountable and you will get caught.”
MacKenzie said he understood the high emotions in the crowd, noting the grisly nature of the man's death.
“Anybody losing their life is tough, but then you stack that on top of getting shot and dying violently,” MacKenzie said. “It's a bad deal all the way around.”
The shooting is Tulsa's 69th homicide of 2017.
Anyone with information about the shooting may contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 918-596-COPS (2677), online at p3tips.com/918 or through the Tulsa Tips app, which can be downloaded from the Google Play or iTunes stores.
The homicide tip line may also be reached at 918-798-8477 or emails sent to homicide@ cityoftulsa.org.
LaShon Richardson (left) and her sister Dianne Richardson console each other near 57th Street North and Garrison Avenue, where LaShon Richardson says her son was fatally shot inside a car on Thursday morning. The slaying was Tulsa's 69th this year.