The son and brother of 2014's first homicide victims along with four of his teenage friends were arrested Saturday in connection with the shooting that killed Uwe Rushing and his son Stefan on Monday.
On the same day that family and friends paid their final respects to the victims, Police Chief James Smith confirmed that police had arrested multiple suspects, and by 2 p.m. five people had been booked into the city jail on suspicion of murder. Smith said the department didn't anticipate any more arrests.
Police said Saturday that nearly all the suspects, who appear in their social media profiles to be Lawton High School students with interests ranging from rock music and firearms to girls and cars, were arrested after interviews at the Lawton Police Department.
According to a press release, Comanche County Sheriff's Office and Fort Sill Criminal Investigation Command assisted with the arrests and detectives were still working to close the case.
Police didn't release any other details of the investigation, including what role each of the suspects two 18-year-olds, two 19-year-olds and a 17-year-old is alleged to have played in the killings. A case could be presented to the district attorney Monday, but no formal charges have yet been filed.
Since police began investigating the Rushings' deaths, reported to police around 2 a.m. Monday as the grisly end of what his 18-year-old son said was a home invasion, speculation was rife about who was responsible.
Why would a 50-year-old social worker and his 14-year-old honor student be targeted for a cold-blooded killing? How did the elder brother who was among those arrested Saturday escape unharmed?
Police reports show that Uwe Rushing told police that on Jan. 17 someone had knocked him down after ramming into his back door, the same door his son later described as the entry point used by the killers.