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Police fear gun deaths were act of revenge by 'racist'

TWO men have been arrested after a shooting rampage that left three people dead and terrorised the black community in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Police said one suspect may have been trying to avenge his father's shooting two years ago by a black man.

Both suspects are white, while all five victims in the rampage on Friday were black. Police said it is too soon to say whether the attacks in Tulsa's predominantly black north side were racially motivated.

Investigators are considering many possible motives but, based on Facebook postings, revenge appeared to be a factor.

In an update on Facebook that appeared to have been written by 19-year-old Jake England on Thursday, he angrily blamed his father's death on a black man and used a racial slur. He said Thursday was the second anniversary of his father's death. "It's hard not to go off," the posting said.

A family friend, Susan Sevenstar, said that England was "a good kid" and "a good, hard worker," who "was not in his right mind" after losing his father and the January suicide of his fiancee, with whom he'd recently had a baby.

England's father, Carl, was shot in the chest during a scuffle with a man who had tried to break into his daughter's apartment. England later died.

Police arrested Jake England and Alvin Watts (32) at about 2am on Sunday at a home in Turley, just north of Tulsa.

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