Man Arrested in Fatal Shooting at NW OKC Target Store

A shooting in an Oklahoma City Target parking lot Friday afternoon stunned shoppers and witnesses, leaving one man dead and leading to the arrest of another.  Police arrested David Bloebaum, 57, on a first degree murder complaint after he allegedly shot and killed 29-year-old Jasen Yousif.  Witnesses say Bloebaum and Yousif were involved in some type of altercation before the shooting.  A police spokeswoman told the media that witnesses indicated that Yousif pulled a knife before Bloebaum fired his weapon. Police responded to the scene in the Super Target parking lot at 13924 N Pennsylvania Ave., near Quail Springs Mall, where they found Yousif dead of a gunshot wound and where they took Bloebaum into custody. Both Yousif and Bloebaum have prior arrests.  Yousif was currently awaiting trial for leaving the scene of an injury accident, and Bloebaum was arrested in 2005 on a complaint of pointing a firearm. Though police have not yet released a motive in the killing, some witnesses are claiming that the incident appeared to be the result a case of road rage on the Kilpatrick Turnpike. It is unclear who instigated the altercation, and whether the victim was acting in self-defense by presenting a knife, or whether the suspect was acting in self-defense by shooting after the knife was pulled.  Police are releasing few details pending the investigation. Oklahoma is generally considered more "gun-friendly" than many other states; however, violation of gun laws can have serious consequences.  Oklahoma violent crime lawyers represent those facing gun charges as well as those accused of assault, homicide, or other violent offenses.  Some violent crimes and weapons charges include:

  • Assault and battery
  • Assault with a dangerous weapon
  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Aggravated assault
  • Shooting with intent to kill
  • Armed robbery
  • Pointing a firearm
  • Possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony
  • Illegal possession of a firearm
  • Possession of a firearm after prior felony conviction
Pointing a firearm is a felony punishable by a prison sentence of up to ten years, even on the first offense.  Many violent crimes, including assault with a deadly weapon, shooting with intent to kill, and armed robbery are subject to Oklahoma's 85% rule, meaning that 85% of a convicted person's sentence must be served before he or she becomes eligible for parole. Gun possession violations are often punishable by a sentence of up to ten years in prison.  If the gun or weapon is actually used to threaten or inflict harm, the penalties become much more severe.  Finding an attorney to handle your defense is imperative if you have been charged with a violent crime or weapons violation in Oklahoma.

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