Shawnee pair charged in Oklahoma City shooting that wounded boy, 16

Charles L. Bennett, 26, is accused of shooting a boy and his sister as she tried to shield her children; co-defendant Melissa C. Patterson, 25, is accused of telling Bennett to get her gun and “blast on them.”
by Tim Willert Modified: November 28, 2012 at 9:56 pm •  Published: November 29, 2012
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During the fight, Nichols' 16-year-old brother walked into the garage to check on his sister, and Patterson yelled to Bennett to “get her .45 and blast on them,” according to the affidavit.

Police reported Bennett retrieved a handgun from a vehicle parked in the driveway. When he returned, the boy produced a gun of his own and fired it three times at Bennett, but missed.

Bennett fired his gun at the boy, hitting him once. When the boy fell to the ground, Bennett “stood over him and shot at him several more times, striking him at least three times,” a detective wrote in the affidavit.

When Heather Nichols' two children, ages 8 and 6, entered the garage she ran for them, attempting to get them to go back inside the house. That's when Bennett shot at her at least one time, police said.


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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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