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Suspect shot, injured two men in Oklahoma who helped him

July 18, 2021 GMT

VIAN, Okla. (AP) — Authorities said Sunday they were searching for man suspected of shooting and injuring two men on Interstate 40 in eastern Oklahoma after they drove him to a convenience store to get gas for his vehicle.

The two men with gunshot wounds were found lying on the interstate near Vian at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday night, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. Both were in critical but stable condition on Sunday, the OSBI said.

The OSBI said that the suspect fled in his vehicle after the shooting. At about 4:30 a.m. Sunday, police in Antlers — about 130 miles (209 kilometers) southwest of Vian — began pursuing the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect then fled on foot.

The OSBI said that it’s believed that the two men who were shot were good Samaritans who had picked the suspect up and taken him to a Vian convenience store, where a gas can and gas were purchased. Investigators think the good Samaritans then drove the suspect back to his vehicle.