Five children were among six people killed Tuesday in a shooting rampage at a home in Muskogee, Oklahoma, authorities said.
Suspect Jarron Deajon Pridgeon, 25, was taken into custody, Muskogee Police Officer Lynn Hamlin said. "We don't believe it was random," she said. "We just don't have details yet of the why or what happened."
Hamlin said the suspect and victims all lived in the home, but that the exact nature of their relationships had not been determined.
Officers responded to a call at about 1:30 a.m. of a multiple shooting at the home, Hamlin said. The officers encountered a person with a gun, and one officer fired one shot that missed the armed person as he ran from the scene, police said.
Pridgeon was later arrested after a short foot pursuit. Hamlin said Pridgeon lives in the home and was not cooperating with investigators.
Officers at the scene found one man and four children dead, Hamlin said. Another child died after being air-lifted to a hospital.
"There was another female ... with another small child, and they were both life-flighted to a Tulsa hospital," she said. "That small child also was pronounced deceased. "
The woman was conscious and stable, Hamlin said.
Pridgeon was charged with assault and battery after he threw a large piece of cement at a woman on Feb. 3, 2019. He pleaded guilty and was put on probation for three years. A judge in June 2019 ordered an evaluation by a state mental health expert to determine if Pridgeon "suffers from a mental illness," court records show. A report on the evaluation is filed in the case under seal from the public.
Muskogee Public Schools released a statement Tuesday saying two of the children who died were students at Creek Elementary School and that a third student was injured. It was not immediately clear whether the third student was the child who later died.
“No words can adequately express our sadness in losing these students," schools superintendent Jarod Mendenhall said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with this family.”
Hamlin, at times near tears as she spoke briefly with reporters, expressed "shock, sadness" at the shooting. She said officers who responded to the scene would be meeting with department therapists.
Muskogee is a city of about 38,000 people, 50 miles southeast of Tulsa
Contributing: Nolan Clay, The Oklahoman; The Associated Press
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Oklahoma shooting: Six killed in Muscogee, suspect in custody