TULSA, TEXAS—The police on Tuesday arrested 14 people after an assault on a 19-year-old woman at a motel in Tulsa, the city’s second-largest.
The victim, who has not been identified, was walking in the middle of a busy street with her friends on Tuesday when she was accosted by a group of people who tried to assault her, Tulsa police said.
The group tried to rip off her clothing, but she fought back and was able to grab a handgun and shot at one of the attackers, according to Tulsa Police Department Capt. Brian Smith.
“We are very confident that we have the individuals responsible,” Smith said.
“The suspect was taken into custody without incident.”
Police said the attack on the young woman was not related to any crime, and that it was the first such incident since a Tulsa police officer was fatally shot last year.
Smith said it appeared that the attack was motivated by an argument between two groups of people.
“She was in an altercation with two groups,” he said.
Police said they were continuing to investigate.
Tulsa Mayor Mike Segar said the city was not surprised by the incident.
“It’s a sad day to see an assault of this nature happen, especially in Tulsa,” he told The Associated Press by phone from the city, where he is vacationing.
Segar did not say what caused the assault.
“This is just the latest in a series of incidents,” Segar told reporters.
“What happened last year with the officer involved and what’s happening today is a sad reminder of what can happen to someone when they’re not listening to the law and when they think the police are on their side.”
The Tulsa shooting comes as Tulsa has been rocked by protests over the shooting of Jamar Clark by a police officer in 2016.
Last month, the Tulsa City Council passed a resolution urging the city to move toward decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana and for its police department to end racial profiling.