Shooting claims 12-year-old
A weekend shooting claimed the life of a young boy, injured another man and left a community seeking a solution to the recent spate of violence.
Early Saturday morning, Okmulgee police responded to a call of a gunshot victim in the 400 block of North Hillman, according to Chief Joe Prentice.
During the investigation, the officers learned the victim was not shot at that location, but at a home in the 1300 block of East Lafayette.
When officials arrived at the residence, they found a 12-year-old suffering a gunshot wound to the head and another to his ankle.
As the investigation continued, the adult victim, identified as 21-year-old Leon Maurice Grant III, was treated for multiple gunshot wounds to the lower part of his body.
According to district court records, Grant informed officials he and the young boy were home when someone knocked on the door. When he answered the door, he saw a black male dressed in dark clothing. After a brief conversation, the suspect began shooting through the screen door, striking the two people inside the home.
The 12-year-old, identified as Dalayvian Hearne, was transported by ambulance to the local hospital, and then by helicopter to an Oklahoma City hospital.
Prentice said the OPD was contacted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and notified the young man was pronounced brain dead, but was being kept on life support for organ donation.
During the course of the investigation, Prentice said officers were provided with name of a potential suspect, Ronel Eugene Fultz, 38.
“Contact was made with Fultz on Saturday and he was arrested and booked in the county jail on an unrelated complaint of Possession of a Firearm After Former Conviction of a Felony,” Chief Prentice stated.
Evidence was discovered later connecting Fultz to the shooting.
Fultz is being held on complaints of Possession of Firearm AFCF ($250,000 bond), Possession of Marijuana ($10,000), First Degree Murder, Shooting With Intent to Kill, Shooting into Occupied Dwelling and Gang Related Offense (no bond).
He is scheduled for an initial appearance in Okmulgee County district court at 2 p.m. April 18.
The young man killed in the shooting was a student at Okmulgee Dunbar School.
On Monday, the district brought in grief counselors to help Dalayvian’s class and friends in the healing process. Several local pastors and coaches also joined them to give comfort.
Classmates and friends remember Dalayvian as a positive and outgoing person. He enjoyed playing sports, video games and hanging out with his family and friends.
A Go Fund Me has been set up to help with funeral expenses.