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Five children, one man shot, killed in Oklahoma

Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Five children and a man were shot and killed in an Oklahoma home early Tuesday, authorities said.

Police responded to a call of multiple people shot at a residence in southeast Muskogee, Okla., at 1:30 a.m. where they found a suspect with a weapon, officials said.

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An officer fired one round at the suspect and missed, but he was later caught following a foot chase and identified as 25-year-old Jarron Deajon Pridgeon.

When officers arrived at the scene they found four dead children and a dead man as well as a woman and child who were injured, all of whom had gunshot injuries. Three other children in the home were uninjured.

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The injured woman and child were transported to a hospital where the child was pronounced dead. The woman, who was identified as the mother of the children, was in stable condition.

Police identified the victims as Jalaiya Pridgeon, 1; Jadius Pridgeon, 3; Harmony Anderson, 5; Nevah Pridgeon, 6; Que'dynce Anderson, 9, and Javarion Lee 24.

Lee is the suspect's brother, police said.

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"We don't believe that it's random but we just don't have details yet of the why or what happened other than we have five small children that are deceased and an adult male (victim)," Tulsa police spokeswoman Lynn Hamlin said.

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Mayor Marlon Coleman said the shooting has left the Muskogee community "paralyzed with grief."

"Today tragedy struck our community the likes of which we have not seen in decades," Coleman said. "Many of us went to bed resting in anticipation of tomorrow's hopes, only to have awakened to know that five babies with unlimited potential are no longer with us."

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