Update – Wagoner County Sheriff's Office investigating shooting deaths (VIDEO)

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Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 3:45 pm | Updated: 9:01 am, Thu Jan 19, 2012.


Major Gary Handely, Wagoner County Sheriff's Office, said the Medical Examiner has reached preliminary findings on the cause of death for Daniel Garcia.

"The Medical Examiner has completed his preliminary investigation and determined that Mr. Garcia died as a result of blunt-force trauma, not from a gunshot wound as was earlier thought," Handley said.

Handley went on to say that the Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation into the entire situation.

When asked about anyone being charged with a crime, Handley said, "I do not want to speculate about anything at this time."

Handley also said the Sheriff will release more information as it becomes available.

Jan. 14 post:

In what is both bizarre and tragic, a grandfather shoots and murders his grandson, and then himself dies from gunshots.

Authorities seem certain that one homicide occurred, but they continue to investigate the circumstances of the second shooting death.

Investigators, however, are certain that Daniel Garcia, 74, burst into a home at 3737 S. 273rd E. Ave. – a home in which he lived with three family members – and killed his grandson, Donnie Ray Crawford III, according to Bob Colbert, Wagoner County Sheriff.

Around 9:30 a.m., Garcia entered the residence and took approximately 20 steps inside before reaching a room on the home's west side occupied by Garcia's grandson, Donnie Ray, 24; Garcia's daughter, 49-year-old Jodie Lynn Crawford and her husband, Donnie Ray Crawford Jr.

"For some apparent reason Mr. Garcia came in and started firing on [Donnie Ray]," Colbert said.

Donnie Ray was shot to death, but no details have been released on how many times or on what part of his body Donnie Ray was shot. But, the weapon used for the murder was a revolver.

"The only weapon found so far is a revolver," Colbert said.

Garcia killed his grandson during an altercation.

"There was an altercation, they [Donnie Ray, Jodie and Crawford Jr.] were trying to gain control of [Garcia], Colbert said, "and during this altercation he [Donnie Ray] lost his life and Mrs. Crawford was wounded."

Jodie was treated and released for a gunshot wound to her hip. Crawford Jr. sustained a minor injury, but he refused treatment at the scene and told officers he would see his personal physician later.

Prior to the shooting deaths, there have been no calls for police to respond to the Crawford's home.

"There have been no issues here," Colbert said.

Garcia, according to police records, served prison time for a 2004 conviction on assault with a deadly weapon.

The Crawford family has one of the biggest names related to racing in the Tulsa area, according to Colbert.

Donnie Ray was scheduled to compete in the annual Chili Bowl races at the Tulsa Pavilion this weekend.

In 2008 at the I-44 Speedway in Oklahoma City, witnesses say Donnie Ray rescued midget-car racer Harli White after the young racer's car crashed and caught fire. Published reports say that White could have died had Donnie Ray not removed her from her car as quickly as he did.

Officials at the scene of today's murder and shooting death said they will release additional details as they become available.

No arrests have been made and at this time and there are no suspects in the second death.

Original post:

Two men were shot and killed today just outside of Broken Arrow at 3737 S. 273rd E. Ave., around 9:30 a.m.

 Donnie Ray Crawford III, who is part of the Chili Bowl racing circuit, has been identified as one of the victims, but the identity of the second person who was killed has not yet been released.

The Wagoner County Sheriffs office is working the shooting and will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. at the scene of shooting.

At one time Crawford was a Broken Arrow resident, but it is not known if he was still residing in town at the time of his death.

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