Police are trying to determine whether a series of shootings Tuesday morning in northwest Oklahoma City — including one that critically injured a teenager waiting for a school bus — are connected.
Bronson Quickle, 17, was listed in critical condition Tuesday at OU Medical Center. Quickle was shot in the chest and another boy was pistol-whipped during an apparent robbery attempt in the driveway of a home in the 4300 block of NW 16, police said. He was waiting for a bus to Justice Alma Wilson SeeWorth Academy, where he was a junior.
“He's a great student and just a joy to be around,” said Janey Grigg, director of SeeWorth Academy. “Mentors came in from the community to be with any of those students who are having a hard time.”
School officials also went to the hospital to be with Quickle's relatives as he underwent surgery.
Levi Adams, who lives in the 4300 block of NW 16, said he was asleep about 5:40 a.m. Tuesday when he heard a loud noise and thought something had hit his house.
"My dog went crazy," Adams said.
Adams looked out the window and saw Quickle lying shot on the driveway of the house. Another boy was standing over him.
"At first I thought I was dreaming," Adams said.
Adams went outside and called 911. The boys told Adams two people approached them and demanded money. Quickle was shot, and the other boy was pistol-whipped. The robbers got in a car and fled, the boys told Adams.
Quickle was talking as he lay on the driveway.
"He said he could not feel his legs and he was really dizzy," Adams said. "He was really calm and quiet."
Police Capt. Dexter Nelson said it is not clear what the car looked like or how many people were inside.
"We don't have much suspect information to go on," Nelson said.
Police are investigating whether the same suspects were involved in two other shooting incidents Tuesday morning.
A woman said she was arriving home about 2:45 a.m. in an apartment complex near NW 122 and N MacArthur Boulevard when she was approached by a person with a gun who fired at her. A bullet hit the car, sending glass flying that cut her. She told police she was able to get away by running to a convenience store to call for help, Nelson said.
Officers found another woman about 3 a.m. suffering from a gunshot wound in the median of the John Kilpatrick Turnpike between N Council Road and N County Line Road.
Nelson said that woman told officers she had been abducted, robbed, dropped out of the car and then shot. Her injuries were not life-threatening, police said. Nelson did not know if the description of the car in those cases matches the one in the Quickle shooting case.
"It is all so preliminary we hesitate to put out any vehicle description for fear that that might not be accurate," Nelson said.