By Evan Anderson, News 9
CLINTON, Oklahoma -- A woman is dead after a double shooting in Clinton, and now police and agents with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation are trying to connect the homicide to a burglary which happened minutes later.
"Why did they have to kill her? Why did this have to happen?" said Emerald Fulsom, a close friend.
Family and friends react to the news of 35-year-old Jessica Kauley's sudden murder.
"We grew up together. She was really good friends of the family, and tragedy, not even the word," said Fulsom.
"And it's right across the street from my grandmother. And I've known these people for a long time. And you know, it's shocking to hear that something like this has got to happen," said another friend of Kauley, Jada Flores.
About 30 minutes after the shooting happened, Clinton police got a call from a home about one-half mile away.
"I hear screaming. I hear glass break. And so I thought maybe a tree fell, you know, because, what else at 3:00 in the morning?" said Michael.
Michael, who didn't want to give his last name, says he managed to catch and hold what he thought was just a burglary suspect in his home for about 20 minutes until police arrived.
"I actually just got on top of him, and I took each one of his arms, and I crossed them over his neck, and I was holding his fist down on top of his neck," said Michael.
But he quickly found out the man in his house was more than just a petty thief. He says the suspect, 22-year-old Samuel Keeto, told him he shot a couple of people and one of them was his girlfriend.
"My dad called me. I was in the city. And he told me my sister had been shot in the head and that I needed to come home," said a sister of the victim, who did not want to be identified.
Police have booked Keeto in the Clinton City Jail for first-degree burglary. Now a family says they're waiting on answers on Kauley's murder.
"She didn't have to suffer, she didn't have to do that," said Kauley's sister. "Nobody should, nobody."
Neighbors say they're not sure why Kauley would have been at the home to begin with. She did not live at the home where she was murdered. We're told agents with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation have interviewed multiple witnesses, and the investigation continues.
The second victim in Thursday mornings shooting has been identified as Shawn Spottedwolf. He received non-life threatening injuries.