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Norman neighborhood is the scene of second shooting in less than a month

An old, eclectic neighborhood in central Norman is the scene of a second shooting in less than a month. Neighbors say they love the historic enclave, but some are starting to fear for their safety after another woman was shot under the cover of darkness.
by Andrew Knittle Published: October 11, 2012

Some local residents disagree with Easley's assertion that nothing is going on in the area.

High-traffic area

Lonnie Crego lives in a large historic home near the scene of Tuesday night's shooting. He said he's had several items stolen from his property since moving in, including fishing equipment.

Crego said vandals also recently threw a metal ornament through his RV's window.

“A lot rumors circulate about that place,” Crego said of the house that was searched Wednesday. “Lot of traffic ... lot of people arguing and fighting in the front yard. Lots of cool, entertaining stuff.”

Crego and his family were watching TV when the shots were fired Tuesday night. He said he thought it “was a firecracker.”

“Not even a minute later, somebody just started blaring on the horn,” he said. “We came out and saw that white truck out in the intersection, just blaring on the horn. We saw a guy, I guess he was trying to help her, he was leaning in the window.”

Crego said police arrived within “a minute” and ordered the man to the ground with guns drawn.

Crego said Nardine told police that she was driving around “looking for money that people owed her” when she was shot.

“That's what she was telling police,” he said. “I think that says a lot about what was going on at that house.”

Crego's wife said she had nightmares Tuesday night “because of all this craziness.”

“I don't like it,” she said. “I had a dream my son got shot.”

Crego, who has lived in the neighborhood for only six months, said all the recent gunplay hasn't changed his perception of the area.

“It's a great neighborhood, all except for the negative influences,” Crego said. “But you find that in a lot of places in Norman, so we will keep an eye on things.”

Despite being one of the state's largest cities, homicides and shootings in Norman are rare. In 2012, there has only been one homicide reported to Norman police. has disabled the comments for this article.
by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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