2 arrested in connection with killing of 12-year-old on New Year’s Day

Tulsa police confirmed to KRMG that two people are in custody for the killing of 12-year-old Steven Bruner near 14th and Utica on the evening of January 1st.

TPD said 18-year-old Alvin Chaplin and 19-year-old Salathiel Fields are in custody and face 1st Degree Murder charges.

The two were being interviewed by homicide detectives Friday afternoon.

Police say around 10:30 p.m. on January 1st, 12-year-old Steven Bruner Jr. was shot multiple times as he stood on the porch of a house near 15th and Utica, that had been rented on VRBO for a party.

Court records say he died at the scene with bullet wounds to the head and arm.

Records also say police found 35 shell casings of different calibers, raising the possibility of two shooters.

Police say they got video from various home security cameras that showed two men walking to and running away from the scene, as well as getting into a car near the scene.

They say the physical characteristics of that car matches one with a license plate that police say is connected to Chaplin.

Multiple juveniles and one adult were present when the shooting happened.

Officers said Bruner was said to have been drinking alcohol at that party.

Investigators believed the 12-year-old was not the intended target in the shooting.

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