Some Tulsa blacks doubt rampage will prompt change

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Residents in a north Tulsa neighborhood are left with more doubts than hopes the crime-ridden area will improve after a shooting spree.

Authorities describe the shootings earlier this month as racially motivated. Three people were killed and two more wounded.

All of the victims were black.

The shootings happened not far from one of the nation's worst race riots more than 90 years ago, where as many as 300 blacks died. Some residents still consider this northeastern Oklahoma city of 391,000 divided.

Police have arrested two men. One is white; the other is described by his attorney as Cherokee Indian. They're charged with first-degree murder and other crimes.

Authorities believe one of the suspects may have wanted to avenge his father's shooting death by a black man two years ago.


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