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Two held on $9 million bail in Tulsa rampage

Five victims, all of them black males, were shot within hours of each other Friday in the city's predominantly African-American north side. NBC's Janet Shamlian reports.

Two Oklahoma men were held on more than $9 million bond Monday following a shooting rampage that claimed three lives, injured two, and shook Tulsa's black community.

Alvin Watts, 32, and Jake England, 19, appeared before Judge Bill Hiddle via teleconference from the Tulsa County Jail Monday. They wore orange jumpsuits and said nothing as the judge set bail in a session that lasted less than two minutes.


The two men are held on suspicion of three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm with intent to kill, NBC News reported, in a shooting spree that targeted people in predominantly black neighborhoods.

The judge set an April 16 court date for the formal arraignment.

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According to TulsaWorld.com, police found the two men together on Sunday at a home not far from where the shootings occurred early Friday. Anonymous tips had indicated to police that England was the shooter, the TulsaWorld.com reported.

England's father Carl was shot and killed two years ago by an African-American man during a scuffle, and England, it appeared from a posting Thursday on his Facebook wall, was deeply disturbed by it.

“Today is two years that my dad has been gone shot by a f------ n----- it's hard not to go off between that and sheran I'm gone in the head,” he wrote, according to the Tulsa World.   

Sheran was Sheran Hart Wilde, England’s fiancée, who killed herself in January.

Those killed in the alleged shooting spree were identified as Dannaer Fields, 49, Bobby Clark, 54, and William Allen, 31. All are black, but police aren't saying whether they believe the killings were racially motivated.

NBC News and msnbc.com's Isolde Raftery contributed to this report.

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