Resident concerned about safety following deadly shooting at apartment complex

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Some residents of a northwest Oklahoma City apartment complex are concerned about safety following a recent homicide.

Around 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, officers were called to a reported shooting at the Bennett Ridge apartments, located near N.W. Expressway and Rockwell.

“It was shocking. It was really shocking,” Stephanie Hasper told News 4.

Hasper said she woke up to horrific news that a homicide unfolded a few buildings down from her apartment.

“I didn’t even hear about it through my apartment complex. My parents live out-of-state and they texted me about it, asking if it was my apartment complex and I said, ‘yeah, sure enough, it is,'” Hasper said.

She later learned that it all started with an argument over a girl between the victim, 20-year-old Demetrius Spratt, and the alleged suspect, Mantraz Jones.

“When officers arrived, they found one person deceased at the scene. He appeared to have been shot to death at the apartment complex,” MSgt. Gary Knight, with the Oklahoma City Police Department, said.

Hasper said she feels shaken.

“For the year and a half that I’ve lived there, we’ve never had anything like this happen. I’ve never experienced anything that has jarred me so bad,” Hasper said.

She’s concerned about unwanted guests coming onto the property because she said the gate has been broken for months and there is a large hole in the fence around the property.

“I want the gate to be in working condition and actually protect us from intruders, and the fence to be a good deterrent from people coming in that don’t belong there or don’t live there,” Hasper said.

Management told News 4 they can’t comment but said corporate has been made aware of Hasper’s concerns.

Jones was located and arrested hours after the shooting and booked into the Oklahoma County Jail.

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