Oklahoma Natives Wake Up To Manhunt For Bombing Suspects In Boston

Friday, April 19th 2013, 11:20 am
By: News 9

A couple of native Oklahomans now living in Massachusetts were affected by Friday morning's manhunt and violence in the Boston suburb of Watertown.

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Larkin McCann, a graduate of Cascia Hall in Tulsa, said he had to shelter-in-place at Harvard University, where he is currently enrolled as a sophomore.

"Most of our notifications came from Harvard University itself," said McCann first to our morning newscasters during an online Skype interview Friday. "The first notification we got was about 40 minutes after the shooting at MIT."

McCann says he and other students spent hours using social media and online police scanners to keep track of the unfolding situation throughout the night. He contacted his family in the Tulsa area early this morning to let them know he was okay.

"Most of our conversation this week has been making sure we're okay, that our friends are okay, and that everyone is doing what they need to do to stay safe," said McCann.

Katie Clark, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, lives in Watertown where Friday morning's events unfolded just a short distance from her home.

"I woke up a little after 1 [a.m.] to what sounded like fire crackers to me, but very quickly realized there was an explosion and gun fire going on and then the sound of emergency vehicle sirens. I've never heard so many sirens," Clark said.

"I quickly turned on my television and got caught up on the news. It's unsettling but there is a huge presence of police and all kinds of people out helping so I feel like we're being taken care of very well."

Clark, who is a teacher in the Boston area, said this week is spring break for many schools. She said she was staying in close touch with many of her friends and family here in Oklahoma and elsewhere.