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Midwest City sees spike in gun violence

By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon

Midwest City police are investigating a series of shootings in the last week.

Six separate incidents involving gun-violence occurred over the past week, primarily near NE 10th St. between Post Rd. and Midwest Blvd.

Police Chief Sid Porter said he is troubled by the recent incidents and promises that law enforcement is working to quell the violence.

“It is very unusual that we’ve had all of this stuff happen,” he said. “…I can’t remember some of the things that we’ve had since the late 80s and early 90s.”

Porter said they have increased patrols in targeted areas.

“We know where some of the problems are, so we’ll be targeting those areas,” he said. “Most of the people that live in these neighborhoods aren’t any part of this. And they don’t want to be. So we’re going to do all we can to make sure that everybody is safe and people have to answer for what they’re doing.”

Porter said he is unsure if any of the shootings are connected, but said they are still under investigation.

“Some of it might be, but we don’t have any direct evidence,” he said.

The first incident happened about 4:50 p.m. Oct. 18. Police were called to the 1500 block of Patricia Dr. about a drive-by shooting. A 20-year-old man was shot in the abdomen. Police do not have any suspects.

Later that evening, officers were called to the 9600 block of Sonata Ct. about a domestic disturbance. A woman answered the door with a gun in her hand. The woman allegedly refused to drop the weapon and pointed it at the officers. Two officers shot and killed the woman, according to police.

The identities of the deceased woman and officers have not yet been released.
On Thursday afternoon, police reported a drive-by shooting in the 1300 block of McGregor Dr. Police said a 17-year-old male was shot in the leg and transported to a local hospital.

At about 8:06 p.m. that evening, police were called to the 1300 block of Juniper Cr. about a shooting. Assistant Chief Greg Wipfli said one person pulled a gun during an altercation and fired a shot, hitting a 12-year-old girl in the leg. The girl was taken to a hospital where she was treated and released, Wipfli said.

On Saturday afternoon, a man allegedly fired shots outside of the Emerald Care Center, 2900 Parklawn Dr., after trying to take his mother from the nursing care facility. Police said no one was injured in the incident. They are still looking for the suspect.

That same day, police reported a drive-by shooting at 8101 NE 10th St. No one was injured in the incident.

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