12:15 p.m. Neighbors say the house where Mary Ellyn Benavidez, 57, was shot to death Thursday morning is a “high-traffic” residence.
Carlos Palma, who lives across the street, said police were searching the house just a few days ago.
“There was a lot of traffic at that house, especially Friday and Saturday nights ... people would go back and forth,” Palma said.
Palma said most of the visitors to the residence were in “in their 20s ... all different kinds.” He said an older woman lived at the residence with a young man and a young woman.
“She was smoking cigarettes on the porch yesterday morning, I saw her,” Palma said. “It's kind of scary ... you have to be careful.”
Bethany Clay, who lives down the street, said the house frequently is busiest in the early morning hours.”
“There's always teenagers ... usually two guys and a girl sitting out front smoking,” Clay said. “The other morning, some people walked by at 2 in the morning and asked me for a cigarette. They didn't look very savory.”
Clay said it's unnerving to have a homicide scene right down the street.
“It's scary for me because I have four kids who are teenagers,” she said. “We've lived here a year and nothing like this has ever happened.”
9:30 a.m. The woman shot and killed Thursday morning at 1210 Stubbeman Ave. in Norman has been identified as Mary Ellyn Benavidez, 57. Norman police Capt. Tom Easley said the shooting does not appear to be random, but did not give further details about the homicide investigation.
9:10 a.m. The woman shot in a Thursday morning robbery has died of the gunshot wound to the chest, police report. Her name has not been released. Two people are in custody in Oklahoma City following a robbery on SW 51 and a pursuit.
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