Carlton Gilford, 61. Tulsa County jail.
Carlton Gilford, 61. Tulsa County jail.

Black man charged with racially motivated hate crime in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Carlton Gilford, 61, is accused of fatally shooting two white men whom he had no previous acquaintance with on April 18 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. According to the Tulsa Police Department, Gilford, who is homeless, entered the Rudisill Library, approached a man sitting at a desk from behind, and fired a bullet into the back of his head. The victim, Lundin Hathcock, was rushed to a hospital, but he died later.

After shooting Hathcock at the Rudisill Library, Carlton Gilford proceeded to a QuikTrip convenience store, where he fatally shot James McDaniel in the back of the head. McDaniel passed away on the spot. Furthermore, Gilford fired at a security guard and another individual outside the store. The police have charged Gilford with two counts of first-degree murder for killing Hathcock and McDaniel, respectively. Additionally, he faces two counts of shooting with intent to kill, as he fired shots at two QT employees who were not injured. Moreover, he has been charged with one count of malicious intimidation or harassment, which is recognized as a hate crime in Oklahoma.

Gilford confessed to shooting two people when the officers arrived at the scene.


Charges against Gilford

Charges have been brought against Gilford for causing the deaths of Hathcock and McDaniel. He faces two charges of first-degree murder.

Additionally, Gilford has been charged with two counts of shooting with intent to kill as he fired shots at two QT employees, although they were not injured. According to News On 6, the investigators reported that Gilford approached both men from behind and shot them in the head. Even after McDaniel fell to the ground, Gilford continued to shoot him and even reloaded his weapon before shooting him in the head again.

Response Backlash

Jordan Neely, a 30-year-old black homeless man, died last week after being placed in a chokehold during a manic mental breakdown. Neely was reportedly threatening passengers and screamed, “I don’t care if I go to jail.” While law enforcement did not allege that the incident was a purposeful act of murder or a hate crime, some lawmakers, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have used the limited information available to describe it as a “lynching.”

In contrast, there has been very little media coverage regarding Carlton Gilford, who has been charged with a hate crime for executing two white individuals. Some individuals have claimed that leftist lawmakers are trying to exacerbate racial tensions by highlighting instances of violence against black people while ignoring incidents like this one, where white individuals are the victims. Many believe that such a double standard contributes to divisions within society, and only makes America more racially divided.


  1. Need To kill this sob. He does not have a right to live he crossed the line. Why should we keep him alive, it he just cost us more money to feed for a jerk.

  2. Where is the FBI’s Hate Crime unit on this? Oh, that’s right, the FBI Hate Crime only looks at White on Black crime since every member of the Hate Crime Unit happens to have really dark skin. The truth hurts when it doesn’t fit the narrative, doesn’t it FBI?

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