4 Fatally Shot At Apartment: What Happened At Fairmont Terrace Apartments In Tulsa?

By IScience Times Staff Reporter on January 8, 2013 3:31 PM EST

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After four young women were brutally killed at a seedy apartment complex in Tulsa countless questions are swirling about the lack of safety at the building. Terrified residents are saying they're going to get out as quickly as possible. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

After four young women were fatally shot in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Monday, police are on a desperate manhunt to find the person responsible for such a vicious act. The only survivor was a 4-year-old boy, who was unharmed. But it's unclear whether the boy will be able to help police track down the killer.

"It's very unusual, uncommon to have four people murdered in the city of Tulsa at one time, at one location," Officer Leland Ashley said. "We're basically pulling out all the stops to get this individual or individuals in custody for these homicides."

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A mass shooting may be uncommon in Tulsa, but the Fairmont Terrace Apartments have been described as seedy and ramshackle. A mile east of the Southern Hills Country Club, the apartment complex has bed sheets and cardboard hanging from windows with wrought-iron gates. Though there is a small hut where a guard is supposed to stand, the shack was empty when reporters visited on Monday. Instead of a person, reporters simply saw a sign that read: "Curfew 10 p.m. for everyone, everyday" and "Photo ID required to be on property."

The Fairmont Terrace website boasts "24 hour emergency maintenance and a professional management team that is there to take care of our residents needs."  Yet today that is not alleviating the concerns of terrified residents. 

Frankie Williams, 25, told The Associated Press that his girlfriend who lives in the complex is not sticking around to figure out what happened. "She's going to be moving out right quick. This is not the place to be raising a 3-month-old," he said. "This is pretty intense."

Sennie Anderson, 20, agreed. "I've been afraid since I moved in this place," she said as she held her 3-year-old daughter, Da'Mya. "I think it's getting worse."

"Right now, we have no clear-cut suspect we're looking at at this point," said Ashley. "I don't want to strike fear in the community tonight, but we do have an individual or individuals who murdered four people. Do we know if there was a motive, like a jealous lover? We don't know that. We can't say if it was random or if someone knew [the victims]."

Now Officer Leland Ashley and the building's management will do everything they can to stem the panic that has quickly escalated.

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