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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

It's Raining Bullets

I have been following the emergence of a nut job, right here in Northeastern Oklahoma. After reading the articles and watching the clips, I wish I would have thought of this scenario first; the individual involved would make a great character for a book. Here’s what we have so far:

Tuesday, April 26th 2005 7:00 PM

Shots were fired at cars traveling westbound on the Creek Turnpike between 101st Street and 193rd East Avenue. Two SUVs were hit, but no one was injured. Neither driver realized their vehicles were hit immediately. The first driver became aware of a problem when his SUV suddenly overheated. He discovered that there was a bullet hole through the radiator. The second motorists didn’t find out that his vehicle was struck by a bullet until the next day. He noticed the bullet hole in his hood as he prepared to leave for work. After reporting the incident, it was revealed that he had traveled along the same stretch of road as the first victim.

"We don't have any suspect information at this time," says OHP Lieutenant Phil Guest. "We don't know if this is an accidental shooting or whether it's intentional."

Which makes since, because I can’t tell you how many times I have been driving on a turnpike and watched people firing rifles in the general direction of the road. I do live in BFE afterall.

News Channel 8 added the following to its article: Right now the facts are slim. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol just wants the public to be cautious as they investigate, what they hope is not a highway sniper.

Thursday, April 28th 2005 10:00 AM

A third SUV has been confirmed hit. It is traced back to the same are as the other two shootings.

Investigators combed the area around the four mile stretch were the shootings occurred. The searched for clues and possible vantage points to aide them in their investigation.

"No suspects at this time, we're still working on what type of weapon was used and the caliber of the weapon," says OHP Lieutenant Phil Guest. "We still don't have that information."

Friday, April 29th 2005 9:00 AM

Here I come to save the day!!! The FBI “joins” the investigation of the highway shootings.

Close to ten thousand people a day travel the nearly four mile stretch of roadway -- and they pay for the privilege. If fewer people board the onramps, it hits the transportation department's bottom line. Guess what, having some asshole with a rifle taking pop shots at drivers, tends to reduce the number of people that want to use the turnpike.

"It reminded me of when they had that one guy shooting all those people at the gas station and places like that," says Charles Cypert.

They are quick to recall ten sniper murders that terrorized the Washington, DC area three years ago or the current trial of Charles McCoy, who is charged with 12 highway shootings near Columbus, Ohio.

Friday, April 29th 2005 11:00 AM

The headlines read: Police Say There Is A Fourth Victim Of Turnpike Sniper

Authorities told NewsChannel 8 this morning that a fourth person has come forward to tell police they found a bullet hole in their vehicle. A woman watching the news Wednesday later went to wash her SUV and noticed a bullet hole in the front grill.

She called police and told them she had been in the same area of the turnpike as the other three victims on Tuesday night.

Police have examined her vehicle and linked it to the other attacks.

Given that all four vehicles shot have been SUVs, authorities say drivers of those types of vehicles have cause for concern.

Do you think? I saw the connection on the first day, what is taking these guys so long to announce it.

Friday, April 29th 2005 5:00 PM
The media begins speculating on a motive: A search of Internet forums brings up several instances of anti-SUV rant, including some very chilling entries that are eerily similar to what's been going on in Broken Arrow.

"Perhaps if they were to start a DC sniper-type shooting rampage of SUV drivers they might come close in the short run," one said. Another says, quote, "Shoot owners of SUV's in the head, but don't make it obvious why you did it."

The focus of these people's anger seems to be gasoline prices and the environment. If gas prices are in fact the fuel to the fire, Tuesday night's 12-cent increase in price may have set the shooter off.

Yeah, I was upset about the gas prices too, but you don’t see me taking it out on someone’s poor car.

Friday, April 29th 2005 6:00 PM

Authorities announce that the sniper is using a .22 caliber rifle to do his dirty work. They found some casings that narrow the focus of this maniac’s attention. The area is along the Creek Turnpike, from the Muskogee Turnpike interchange to Northeastern State University, near 101st Street South.

A college student perhaps? That is unheard of. When I was in school I never saw anyone that was fighting for a cause, any cause, the cause of the moment (Yes, I am kidding, their was a crier on every corner).

Monday, May 2nd 2005 6:00 PM

Shell Casings Help Investigators Pinpoint Sniper's Location. Ah, the final countdown has begun. It is only a matter of tic tocs until this ass-hat is put behind bars or is it?

Broken Arrow - There is new information into last week's apparent sniper shootings along the Creek Turnpike in Broken Arrow.

Authorities have pinpointed the location where they believe the shots came from. It's an overpass at the Creek Turnpike and Highway 51.

Officials say they discovered five shell casings, which are now on their way to an FBI lab. The shots may have been fired from an opening between a slab of concrete and a metal support on the overpass.

Officials have previously said they believe the weapon being used is a .22 caliber rifle.

Four cars were struck by gunfire Tuesday evening between 7 and 8 o'clock. Luckily, no one was injured in the gunfire.

Tuesday, May 3rd 2005 5:00 PM

Reward Offered For Information In Highway Shootings.

Broken Arrow - A three-thousand dollar reward is being offered for information that could lead to the arrest of the suspect or suspects who shot at vehicles along the Creek Turnpike last week.

What are you going to do now, dipshit? You live on a campus. $3,000 might as well be $300,000, to a bunch of broke ass college students (unless things have changed drastically since I was in school). You are so turned in.

If you have any information that could help law enforcement in their search for the suspects, call the Highway Patrol at 627-0440 or by cell phone, dial *55.


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