Police are trying to find the person responsible for the shooting and murder of the owner of a popular hamburger shop.
Ted’s Burgers reopened for the first time since the shooting on Tuesday, and customers are hoping for justice.
Homicide detectives believe someone confronted and shot owner Jim Coulson outside his store early Friday morning. One of his employees later found him inside the restaurant, murdered.
For over 50 years, Ted’s Hamburgers has been a staple in the neighborhood across from Central High School. Customers like Joe Davis have said they felt like more than just a number on a ticket.
“You feel special. I mean they know who you are and they cook great food, it’s cooked to order, it’s not sitting under a lamp, it’s a great place,” did he declare.
Davis said his longtime friend Coulson was proud of his family business.
“Jim had qualities about him that automatically attracted people,” said Davis.
Tuesday was the first time since someone shot and killed Coulson that customers and friends have been able to eat at the restaurant.
The police are still investigating Coulson’s murder.
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“We don’t know what the motive is. We don’t think he entered the store to get into the registry, because if he had, there would have been some evidence that it happened. We believe Mr. Coulson was shot outside and then came back inside, ”Tulsa Police Sgt. Dave Walker said.
Detectives believe the breakdown of the case will come from the community.
“If we were to solve it today or tomorrow, it will come from the community. Someone knows something, and yes, we definitely want you to call Crime Stoppers,” Walker said.
As friends like Derek Cairns continue to honor Coulson, a memorial grows in the lobby of his restaurant.
“He’s a pretty good guy. I don’t know why anyone would do that,” Cairns said.
Employees, like Gerri Barnes, were happy that their repeat customers had returned during such a difficult time.
“It’s nice to see them come and support us again, you know, keep coming back. Our customers are great. We know most of their orders by heart,” said Barnes.
If you know anything about the murder, please call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.
Coulson’s funeral will be on Saturday in Sperry at 11:00 a.m. at the Community of Christ Church.