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12-year-old boy killed at Tulsa VRBO party

Updated: Jan 24


Homicide investigation scene
(Tulsa police officers investigate the city's first homicide of 2024)

Tulsa Homicide Detectives are investigating after someone shot and killed a 12-year-old boy at a VRBO on Monday.


Tulsa police officers responded to a shooting call at the home near 14th Street and Utica around 10:30 p.m. The home was being rented via VRBO by an individual out-of-state for their underage nephew.


Officers arrived to find 12-year-old Steven Bruner dead with multiple gunshot wounds. A handful of minors and one adult teenager were present at the time of the shooting.


Evidence found at the scene included numerous shell casings and bullet damage to the house, suggesting the shooting happened near the street.


The preliminary investigation indicates that the victim was not the intended target. Two witnesses at the location, aged 16 and 15, admitted to previous conflicts with individuals. They further stated that their residence had been targeted in two separate shootings in the past year.


Detectives identified three suspects, Alvin Chaplin, Tajon Figures and Salathiel Fields. Figures and Fields were taken into custody on Jan. 18, and Chaplin was taken into custody on Jan. 19.


All three suspects were arrested for 1st Degree Murder. At this time, Detectives do not believe there are any outstanding suspects in this case.

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