Gunshots bring early end to visiting rodeo event
By Ryan Horton
Officials are investigating a weekend shooting in Choctaw that left three people injured.
Police say they received a call of shots being fired at the Choctaw Roundup Club rodeo grounds around 11:45 p.m. Saturday, May 8.
When police arrived at the scene, near NE 36th and Henney Rd., three victims were found injured.
One victim was struck in the forearm, requiring a tourniquet, another was grazed in the upper leg and the third was hit in the lower leg.
“When we arrived on scene, we found that there were three victims. They were all released from the hospital fairly quickly,” said Choctaw Police Chief Kelly Marshall. “There was a weapon recovered, and three shell casings.”
The Choctaw Roundup Club had leased the arena for an outside event that attracted approximately 1,500 attendees of all ages.
Professional bull rider Danell Tipton, of Spencer, organized the visiting rodeo and said it was meant to be a safe family friendly event.
“Anybody could have got hurt, it could have been a lot worse than it was,” said Tipton.
Tipton expressed his belief the violence stemmed from a feud from another rodeo event.
However, police are working several theories and hoping for more witnesses to come forward.
Police have not released any information regarding suspects.
Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to call the Choctaw Police Department at 405-769-3821.
Drive-by in Spencer
The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a separate incident in eastern Oklahoma County.
Around 3:30 a.m. Monday, someone fired on a home in the 3300 block of North Wright Avenue in Spencer.
Sheriff’s office officials said no one was hit in that incident.
Anyone with information about the Spencer shooting should call the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office at 405-713-1017.