Man Accused of Murders Intentionally Targeted White Victims, Prosecutors Say

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Prosecutors in Tulsa, Oklahoma, say there is evidence that a man who allegedly executed two people last month in separate shootings was motivated to target both victims because they were white.

On April 18, 35-year-old Lundin Hathcock was at a public library on the city’s north side when police say 61-year-old Carlton Gilford, who is black, shot him in the back of the head.

“Through the investigation, Homicide Detectives learned Carlton Gilford first went to the library,” the Tulsa Police Department said in a statement. “Inside the library, he walked up behind a man sitting at a desk and shot him in the back of his head.”

Officers said Gilford then walked to a nearby gas station where he encountered James McDaniel, 55, at a soft drink machine.

Gilford allegedly shot McDaniel in the back of the head and then fired another round at him after he had fallen to the floor.

“Following the shooting at the library, Gilford went to the Quiktrip,” the department said. “Inside the store, Gilford again shot a male in the back of the head. When that victim fell to the ground, the suspect shot him again.”

Officers said Gilford also opened fire on two other people outside of the gas station but missed his targets.

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