Victim Identified, Suspect Arrested In NW OKC Fatal Shooting


Thursday, October 2nd 2014, 6:42 pm
By: News 9


Authorities released the identity of the man who was shot Wednesday night and later died after an altercation at a northwest Oklahoma City apartment complex. Thursday evening, police said 45-year-old Sam Joe Hilter Neal was arrested in connection with the shooting.

According to court documents released Thursday, officers responded to a 911 call around 9:30 p.m. on October 1 at the Donita Apartments. On arrival, police said they found 23-year-old Nicholas Scott in the courtyard, suffering from gunshot wounds.

Police said Scott was transported to OU Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Court documents state the witnesses told detectives they heard an argument between the two men, saw the suspect fire a weapon and the victim fall to the ground. Police said the suspect was last seen running northwest from the scene.

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Detectives said the witnesses identified the suspect as Sam and said he doesn't live at the complex, but had recently been visiting the resident in the evenings. They also said they believed Sam was dating one of the resident's sisters.

On Thursday, police said one witness was shown a photo line-up, and they identified Neal as the shooter.

This is Oklahoma City's 44th homicide of 2014, according to the Oklahoma City Police Department.