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Tulsa shooting leaves 2 dead, 3 injured


Tulsa police officers investigating a shooting in a local neighborhood
(Tulsa police investigate a shooting at a family party on Nov. 19, 2023)

The Tulsa Police Department is investigating after two people died and three were hurt in a shooting at a family party early Sunday morning.


Tulsa police officers responded around 2 a.m. to a home in a neighborhood near N. Harvard and Apache. They arrived to find multiple victims suffering from gunshot wounds.


Detectives learned there was a family gathering at which a dispute started between 16-year-old Tyrell Junior and 40-year-old Adam Balance. There were more than a dozen people in the house including children under 10 years old.


During the dispute, Junior and his friends were asked to leave. Junior and a 15-year-old friend were armed. Balance, armed with a semi-automatic rifle, was telling the teens to leave before they shot back and forth at each other. Junior and Balance died from their wounds. The 15-year-old and Balance's 20-year-old son also shot back and forth at each other and both of them were hit.


Amid the gunfire, an 18-year-old man was also hit.


All of the victims were taken to the hospital.


This is an ongoing investigation, and additional details will be released as they become available. Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to contact the Tulsa Police Department at 911 or Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.

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