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South Oklahoma City residents react to robbery, police shooting

Moments after a shopkeeper opened fire on robbery suspects police shot him outside his store. The acts shone a spotlight on a part of south Oklahoma City residents say is fraught with crime and overrun with gang activity.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: August 28, 2013 at 12:00 pm •  Published: August 27, 2013

Moments after a shopkeeper opened fire on robbery suspects fleeing his store, Oklahoma City police gunned him down outside his shop.

That violence unfolded Monday night about two hours after an unrelated stabbing around the corner at the same shopping center complex.

A fight at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting led to the stabbing about 6:20 p.m., according to police and workers at the Mayridge Shopping Center at SW 44 and S May Avenue.

Police came to investigate the stabbing, and while there, heard shots ring out around the corner.

Store proprietor Brett “Lucky” Alan Cude, 50, had fired his weapon at two people trying to rob his store about 8:15 p.m. at Lucky's Liquor, 2908 SW 44, Oklahoma City police Capt. Dexter Nelson said.

Nelson described Cude as stable and able to talk the day after the shooting.

It's not clear where the store owner was taken for treatment; attempts were not successful on Tuesday to locate him at area hospitals.

Flanked by violence

Workers at Cricket Wireless said they heard the shots. Employee Clara Porras said she looked out the store's large windows and saw a police officer firing his gun.

“We had windows all over. I saw a cop pointing a gun at something and pretty much shooting back,” Porras said.

She didn't know how many shots she heard.

“There were plenty,” she said. “I can't say an exact number — it was back and forth, back and forth.”

The young women working in the cellphone store at a corner of the shopping center were flanked by violent crime Monday evening. It was a worker in the store who had called 911 after the stabbing at Alcoholics Anonymous.

Faced with a second emergency, the workers and a customer hid in the back of the business as police shot the shopkeeper.

Dalia Perez, one of the workers at the wireless store, looked outside and saw the store owner bloodied on the ground. A gun was on the ground next to him. Perez said she saw the business owner putting pressure on his bleeding body.

Suspects arrested

In the meantime, robbery suspect Tucson Delayne Redd Jr., 32, had been shot multiple times. He and Broderick Ransom, 17, fled in a car and crashed head-on into a pickup and trailer.

The teenage suspect was injured in the crash, but the pair ran southwest. Police arrested the suspects about two blocks from the liquor store, in the 4700 block of S Drexel Avenue, Nelson said.

Redd was in critical condition Tuesday while Ransom was treated and released into police custody. He was taken to the Oklahoma County jail. Both suspects face complaints of robbery.

Nelson said he did not know whether the suspects were armed.

Sgt. Cody Koelsch and officer Bradley May had heard gunshots, turned a corner and saw shopkeeper Cude shooting at a car.

Officers did not know Cude was the store owner, and they opened fire after he failed to do what they asked him to do, Nelson said. Koelsch is a seven-year veteran of the police department. May has seven months of service, Nelson said. Both are on administrative leave.

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by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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