An Oklahoma City police officer followed the sound of gunshots on Sunday and found a man shot in the face. The officer’s quick actions helped save the man’s life and witnesses aided investigators in locating the suspects.
Not long after the shooting police arrested DeJuan Norris, 17, and Sabrien Irvin, 19, on complaints of shooting with intent to kill.
Police released a 911 call a resident made shortly after hearing gunshots.
Caller: “I’m at home and I heard several gunshots going on the street maybe north of me.”
Several other residents near northeast 50th Street and Martin Luther King Avenue either heard or witnessed the shooting.
Dispatcher: “We’re going to have someone go out there and check it.”
Caller: “Thank God.”
An officer patrolling the area heard nearly a dozen gunshots and followed the sound.
“He heard a number of gunshots go off,” said MSgt. Gary Knight with the Oklahoma City Police Department. “Rapid fire gunshots.”
A witness flagged the officer down and led him to the victim who was on the ground bleeding.
The officer noted in the report that the man was shot in the face and had multiple bullet holes in his right arm. The officer started first aid and requested a tourniquet for the victim's arm.
“The victim was transported to an area hospital where he is expected to recover,” said Knight.
Other officers at the scene spoke to neighbors. They told police there was a gun in the middle of the road. Officers found the weapon along with spent casings and live rounds.
“Officers at the scene were able to develop information that led them to a residence there near the same area where both suspects were arrested,” said Knight.
The mother of one of the suspects answered the door and confirmed Norris and Irven were both inside the home.
Norris and Irven were booked in the Oklahoma County Detention Center on complaints of shooting with intent to kill. However, investigators do not have a motive.
“It’s something our investigators are still working on and trying to piece together exactly why this happened,” said Knight.
If you have any information that can help this investigation call Crime Stoppers at 405-235-7300.