Muskogee Oklahoma shooting – 'Dad kills toddler & 4 kids along with another man & leaves mom fighting for life'
FIVE young kids and a man from the same family were allegedly shot dead at home as cops arrested a suspected shooter.
Cops were called to the home on Indiana Street in Muskogee, Oklahoma at around 1.30am on Tuesday to reports of multiple people being shot.
Officers found a man and four children dead. Another child was helicoptered to a Tulsa hospital but sadly died.
A woman – named as Brittany Andersson – was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after being shot.
Police found a person with a gun, and an officer fired one shot at them, a local NBC affiliate reported.
The shot missed, leading the suspect to run away, however they were later caught and taken into custody.
The suspect has been identified by police as 25-year-old Jarron Dejon Pridgeon.
Fox23 reports how, after a brief chase, police apprehended Pridgeon and took him into custody.
Police said the suspect and all victims lived in the home.
A woman is also being treated for life threatening injuries after the attack in the 900 block of Indiana Street.
Police later confirmed all those shot were from the same family.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family by Raven Anderson, the sister of Brittany Anderson who was injured in the shooting.
On the fundraising page, she revealed the names of the children who lost their lives.
It read: "Their names were Jalaiya (2), Jaidus(3), Harmony(5), Nevaeh(6), and Quedynce who had just turned 9 on January 12th. My sister is still in critical condition, but we have the upmost faith that she will pull through."
Muskogee police chief Johnny Teehee told KJRH he believes the shooting was the result of a domestic incident involving members of the same family.
However, no motive for the shooting has been revealed.
Teehee said: "I can’t say how, but we believe the suspect in custody is related to the victims."
Muskogee Public Schools has confirmed two of the children were students at Creek Elementary School.
"We are saddened by this tragic loss and our deepest sympathies go out to all of those impacted," Schools Superintendent Dr. Jarod Mendenhall said in a statement.
"No words can adequately express our sadness in losing these students and our thoughts and prayers are with this family."
Neighbors on Indian Street said the family at the center of the incident had only lived there for about three weeks.
According to police reports, Pridgeon also resided at that address, and has a criminal history including one charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Pridgeon also previously faced a charge of threatening to perform an act of violence and malicious injury to property under $1,000, stemming from an incident in 2019.
In 2017, he was arrested on suspicion of larceny of an automobile, but that case was later dismissed.
Muskogee mayor Marlon Coleman said in a statement: "Today tragedy struck our community the likes of which we have not seen in decades.
"Many of us went to bed resting in anticipation of tomorrow's hopes, only to have awakened to know that five babies with unlimited potential are no longer with us; their lives taken prematurely, their families grappling with a new horror, and our community paralyzed with grief."
Police are still investigating the incident.
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