OKC Man Accused Of Taking Pictures Of Children, Shooting Parent Who Confronted Him


Tuesday, May 31st 2022, 9:19 pm


OKLAHOMA CITY -

A man accused of taking pictures of children at a metro swimming pool is accused of shooting a man who confronted him. 

It happened at an apartment complex over the weekend on May Ave. near Quail Springs Mall. 

According to police reports the victim had been shot once in the midsection and was unable to communicate with emergency responders when they arrived. 

A poolside day at an apartment complex took a violent turn.  

According to a police report the shooting stemmed from an argument. Javante Thomas, 19, was accused of "coming to the pool all day and photographing young children."  

When confronted by upset parents, witnesses say Thomas left, then returned wearing a mask. 

Police said cell phone video shows a man and Thomas standing close to one another talking when Thomas is pushed to the ground and a gun falls from his waist band. 

Court documents say Thomas grabbed the gun, pointed it at the victim and then fired---shooting the victim as he "retreated around the corner of the building." 

Those who know Thomas but did not want to go on camera said his behavior is out of character, 

Court records show Thomas has not been in trouble before. 

Following the shooting, records showed Thomas ran home where he was eventually found and arrested. 

Formal charges have not been filed; however, a case has been presented to the district attorney's office.