OCPD: 1 Person Dead Following Overnight Shooting

Saturday, October 24th 2020, 9:47 pm
By: Hunter McKee


An Oklahoma City man died Saturday following a shooting on the metro's northeast side. The victim was at a family gathering last night inside a home when he was shot.

Authorities identified 46-year-old Michael Morris as the victim.

“Around 9 (p.m.), I saw one what I assume to be some sort of emergency vehicle go by through the blinds and I kind of went out and saw another one,” neighbor William Starr said.

When officers responded to the shooting call at a home near Northeast 18th and Lottie Avenue, Morris was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. 

“There were numerous people inside the house who had been detained,” OCPD Lt. Isaac Goodman said.

Police arrested 68-year-old J.L. Gibson at the scene. He was booked into the Oklahoma County Detention Center on a second-degree murder complaint.

“I don't know the reason for the gathering,” Goodman said. “I know there were a lot of family members here, but I do not know the relationship between the victim and the shooter.”

“I was a little shocked,” Starr said. “Especially because it was a block away from where we live. Never really thought something like that would happen this close to home.”

The cause of the shooting is still unknown. Investigators are still piecing together the evidence.

“Lose someone whose house I probably run by every day, bike by,” Starr said. “I think it just hit home a little different that a member of the community whether you know him or not passed away due to violence like that.”