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Police say Oklahoma shooting that killed 5 young children was ‘not random’

Authorities in Oklahoma are investigating a deadly mass shooting that claimed the lives of six people, including five children.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, police responded to a home in Muskogee at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday in response to a report of a shooting.  A suspect carrying a weapon reportedly emerged from the home as officers arrived. One officer fired at the suspect and missed, but the suspect was apprehended a short time later after a brief foot chase.

Inside the home, police found four children and an adult male fatally shot. A fifth child was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. A woman remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

Police have not yet identified the victims or the suspect, but Muskogee Police Officer Lynn Hamlin told USA Today that she believes the family was targeted.

“We don’t believe it was random,” Hamlin said. “We just don’t have details yet of the why or what happened.”

The victims are believed to be family members, but police have not confirmed reports that the suspect is also a relative.

“We’re not used to this at all,” Hamlin said, according to the New York Times. “We just don’t have details yet of the why or what happened other than we have five small children who are deceased and one male.”

CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.

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