Rallies Set In Tulsa Following Shooting Spree

The Rev. Jesse Jackson and national NAACP president Benjamin Jealous are to attend rallies this weekend in Tulsa in the aftermath of a shooting spree that killed three and wounded two.

Jackson is calling for the federal government to get involved in the investigation. He was invited by the State Legislative Black Caucus and will meet with north Tulsa ministers and elected
officials on Friday and will take part in a public rally on Saturday.

Jealous plans to speak at a public meeting on Sunday. Jackson and the Black Caucus members say they're dismayed that Tulsa officials have not yet labeled the Tulsa shootings a hate crime.

The Rev. Al Sharpton had planned to speak at a public meeting Sunday at a Tulsa church, but decided to cancel his trip now that first-degree murder and hate crime charges have been filed in the shooting spree.

Sharpton Prosecutors on Friday announced the charges against Jacob England and Alvin Watts. Sharpton later sent a release saying he will remain at his national convention that's under way in Washington, D.C., and will raise funds for the families of the three killed in the shootings.

Both suspects are white and all three victims were black. Police have said the shooting may have been retaliation for England's father being shot to death by a black man two years ago.