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Two men questioned in connection with shooting outside Tulsa County courthouse

Two men are being questioned in connection with the shooting outside the Tulsa County Courthouse.

The shooting occurred Wednesday afternoon following a hearing in a murder case in which a 12-year-old boy was mistakenly killed in a gang killing.

Police also found the car used in the shooting and it was taken into custody for evidence.

They say they also recovered weapons and drugs.

Chaos broke out near 6th and Denver in downtown Tulsa when someone fired several shots then left.

Agents from several agencies responded immediately.

“They ran toward the gunfire, ran into a lot of people on the ground, there was a lot of chaos,” said Maj. John Bryant of the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators said it all started during a hearing on the murder charges of Alvin Chaplin, Salathiel Fields and Tajon Figures, in a drive-by shooting after a party near a home off Cherry Street on the day of Year.

“Steven Bruner, a 12-year-old boy, was killed sitting on the porch,” Steve Kunzweiler said. “He had nothing to do with the tension between the shooters and anyone inside the house.”

Kunzweiler was inside that courtroom when some people got angry with a witness who was testifying, and they filmed a video and posted it on social media.

The judge evacuated everyone in the courtroom except the victim's parents.

“The court ultimately ordered almost everyone out of the building for the purposes of giving testimony,” he said.

Maj. Bryant said deputies kept an eye on everyone when they went out.

“We couldn't see them anymore, and then all of a sudden several shots rang out,” Major Bryant said.

Major Bryant said situations like this don't happen very often, but they are prepared for them since hundreds of thousands of people pass through the courthouse each year.

“This didn't happen at the courthouse, so the system worked, the security worked and I'm proud of that,” Major Bryant said.

They will have increased security on this case as it moves through the courts.

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