A suspect has been held in the killing of four Chinese nationals at a rural marijuana farm
. The suspect identified as Wu Chen
(45) was arrested on Tuesday 1,500 miles (2,400km) away in Florida, said law enforcement officials, as reported by the BBC.
He has been charged with homicide and shooting with intent to kill. His nationality has not been disclosed by the authorities. However, Police have said that the killings do not appear to be random and that the gunman was probably known to the victims.
Police said that Wu Chen entered a building on the marijuana
operation’s property on Sunday evening when there were “several employees” inside. He remained “inside that building for a significant amount of time before the executions began”, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
said as reported by BBC.
The killer’s victims were identified as three men and one woman. A fifth victim – also a Chinese citizen – had been airlifted to the hospital with unspecified wounds. The bodies of the deceased were found after police received a call of a hostage situation near the town of Hennessey, 55 miles north of Oklahoma City
, reported BBC.
Police have said that the victim’s families haven’t been notified yet due to a ‘significant’ language barrier. Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Cpt Stan Florence
told the Associated Press news agency on Monday: “Don’t know if they’re related or if they’re co-workers, but certainly these individuals were, we believe, all familiar with each other.”
Oklahoma allows medical cannabis. However, it is unclear if the farm had all the necessary certifications to function. In March, Oklahoma voters will decide whether to legalise the drug for recreational purposes.