Just a terrible night unfolded for restaurant goers Thursday night. A very busy and popular area, especially with warm springlike temperatures, Louie's and the surrounding restaurants on the lakeside, are pretty busy this time of year. The walking/biking trail is equally packed with Oklahomans enjoying the perfect weather conditions for some outdoor activities. But on Thursday, what so far seems to be a very random shooting, has shaken OKC with many of us saying, we just can't believe this would happen here!
The Police are still investigating the area near Lake Hefner.
New details about a shooting as of this morning, it seems in all, there were four people who were injured as a result of the shooting. However, not all of them suffered gunshot wounds.
Family members say the suspect shot Natalie Will, and her daughter, 12-year-old Syniah Giles, as they were walking in front of the restaurant. Natalie, the mom, was grazed by a bullet and did not require surgery. Here daughter Syniah however, was shot near the tailbone area and she spent a couple of hours undergoing surgery.
Another man suffered an injury to his arm as he reportedly tried to run from the restaurant following the shooting. Officials later determined another young girl was also hit by the gunfire.
Thankfully though, police say all of the victims are expected to survive.
This morning, Oklahoma City police officials released their initial report regarding the shooting at Louie’s On The Lake.
When officers arrived at the scene on Thursday evening, authorities say they discovered the alleged shooter, 28-year-old Alexander Tilghman dead outside of the restaurant.
The amazing thing is that armed citizens were the real hero Thursday night... Stopping what could have been a mass murder, confronting the gunman and taking him down with a licensed pistol, that one of them just happened to be carrying that night!
The two civilians, were identified as 35-year-old Juan Carlos Nazario and 39-year-old Bryan Whittle.
The father of the 12 year old girl that was shot, says there was a great deal of confusion during the event, but wants to thank the men that stopped the gunman!
All involved parties were interviewed and released.
Officials as that anyone who witnessed the shooting or has information on the case, should call the Homicide Tip Line at (405) 297-1200.
For more, go to KFOR.com