Oklahoma Shooting Rampage: Jake England and Alvin Watts held on $9 million bail
(CBS/AP) TULSA, Okla. - Two Oklahoma men accused in a rampage that left three dead appeared in court Monday and had bond set at more than $9 million each.
Alvin Watts, 32 and Jake England, 19, appeared via closed-circuit television from jail for their first court appearance Monday.
Both are being held on suspicion of three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of shooting with the intent to kill and one count of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. They will be formally charged at a later date.
Police Chief Chuck Jordan said the gunmen appeared to have chosen their victims at random. Law enforcement identified those killed as Dannaer Fields, 49, Bobby Clark, 54, and William Allen, 31. Two other men were wounded but were released from the hospital, Jordan said.
Police identified both suspects as white, while all five victims in the rampage early Friday were black. Authorities said one of the suspects may have been trying to avenge his father's shooting two years ago by a black man.
Police and the FBI said it is too soon to confirm whether the attacks in Tulsa's predominantly black north side were racially motivated. Police spokesman Jason Willingham said investigators are considering many possible motives but based on Facebook postings, revenge appeared to be a factor in the shootings.
A court date has been set for April 16.
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