Family Mourns as Juvenile Suspect Arrested in Choctaw High School Shooting Tragedy
KOKH - September 1, 2023 6:11 am
CHOCTAW, Okla. (KOKH) — Cordae Carter’s family is reacting to the latest developments in the Choctaw High School shooting investigation. Fox 25 spoke with Carter’s cousin Savion Strain this afternoon.
Strain tells our newsroom he tries not to think about what happened last Friday. He says Cordae was like a little brother to him.
“I just broke down into tears,” Strain said.
Last Friday night, Strain says he got multiple phone calls from his family.
“They told me that he got shot, and he was being rushed to the hospital. They didn’t know if he was going to live.”
Strain’s friends rushed him to OU Medical, where doctors tried to save Cordae’s life.
“When we were at the hospital, we got the news he was gone. That hurt. I mean, I cried.”
Days later, multiple law enforcement agencies made an arrest in connection to the deadly shooting.
“Choctaw Police Department, Oklahoma City Police Department, U.S. Marshals, an Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office warrant team apprehended a juvenile suspect,” Oklahoma County Sheriff Tommie Johnson III said.
Fox 25 is choosing to not name that 15-year-old since he is a juvenile.
But according to an arrest warrant, a witness says that night, they saw the suspect nicknamed “bullet” involved in a fight. The witness claims they then saw “bullet” fumbling a gun before shooting it, killing 16-year-old Cordae Carter.
“That was my little cousin,” Strain said. “It’s just crazy to hear that he’s been shot and killed over a fight. I just wish all the worst, and I’m not even trying to say it like this, but I wish all the worst things for that person.”
The Choctaw Police Department says they hope this new update in the investigation will help the community heal.
“I hope it gives them a sense of peace that they can go and enjoy Friday night football again,” Chief Kelly Marshall said.
While Cordae’s family and friends grieve, Savion says he’s noticing the various safety changes in districts around the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.
“It’s sick that it takes somebody to pass away, for them to actually start kind of cracking all the way down on this.”
Chief Marshall says the suspect faces a no bond warrant for second-degree murder.