Man suspected in Wright City shooting has been caught

Police say 20-year-old Wendell Alexander is the suspect in a shooting that injured one man in Wright City and is wanted as a material witness to a Tulsa murder from March.
Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 6:55 PM CDT
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WRIGHT CITY, Okla. (KXII) - The man suspected in a Wright City shooting from Thursday morning has been arrested.

McCurtain County Sheriff’s Office says just before 7:30 p.m. Wendell Alexander was taken into custody south of Wright City when he tried to get past the perimeter law enforcement had set up, about 2 miles from the scene.

He was unarmed and is cooperating with investigators.

The FBI and Oklahoma Highway Patrol are also investigating the shooting that left a man with multiple gunshot wounds to his torso.

It happened at a house near 9th and Main Street.

“I could hear men and women screaming and there was a lot of banging going on in the trailer house,” said Gaylia Roberts, who lives next door to where the shooting took place.

“There was a red truck driving down the road and they stopped him and said call 9-1-1,” Roberts said. “He speeds out, turns and backs in and loads a guy up and I could tell he was hurt really bad.”

The victim was flown to a Plano hospital and was listed in stable condition Thursday evening.

Officers say they believe Alexander is responsible for the shooting.

Neighbors said they heard between four and six shots go off.

“I did not see the gunshot wounds because they were already gone at the time, but (they were hit) in the mid section,” said McCurtain County Sheriff Kevin Clardy

Since the victim is a member of the Choctaw nation and it happened on tribal land, the FBI is in charge of this investigation.

That has to do with the McGirt Ruling.

Clardy says both Alexander and the victim had left the scene by the time they arrived but EMS was able to make contact with the victim and get them the care they needed.

Tulsa Police also had a warrant out for Alexander.

They say he is a material witness in the homicide of Eric Graves on March 13.

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