Alabama Man Arrested, Accused Of Fatally Shooting His Cousin In A Bricktown Hotel


Monday, March 1st 2021, 5:32 pm
By: Hunter McKee


OKLAHOMA CITY -

A man is behind bars following a deadly shooting in Bricktown, Oklahoma City police said. It happened early Saturday morning inside the Holiday Inn Hotel. 

Police said two men were staying at the hotel when a fight broke out. That's when one of them was shot. 

When officers arrived on scene, they found 48-year-old Mario Vines laying on the floor in one of the hallways. They said Vines was with 38-year-old Tarius Reed.

“At some point, they became engaged in some kind of argument when one produced a pistol and shot the other, killing him,” said Oklahoma City police Master Sgt. Gary Knight.

Vines was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators said the two men are cousins from Daphne, Alabama.

“They are here for a temporary job,” said Knight. “They’re working here and then they were planning on going back to Alabama.”

Those back home in Alabama were shocked by the news.

“It’s so sad to hear that his own family did that to him because everybody loved him,” said Jarris Williams, a friend of Vines.

Williams knew Vines through church. He said they spoke just a few weeks ago and he’s never been known as a violent person.

“I never heard of him having no kind of problem around here,” said Williams. “No kind of misunderstanding with anybody, always had a smile on his face.”

Police said Reed stayed on scene and was later taken into custody. He is now booked in the Oklahoma County Detention Center on a complaint of first-degree murder.

Police are still investigating.

Anyone with information is asked to call the homicide tip line 405-297-1200.