It was in the early morning hours of February 21 that 39-year-old Irish Mob associate Shane Vanderpool exited his car and approached the vehicle in which Blaine Wells was seated along with two others. He produced a .40 caliber pistol and fired into the back seat before running off. The bullet struck Wells in the head and he died at the hospital later on. “Appellant shot and killed Blaine Wells shortly after sunrise on February 21, 2016. The two men did not know one another. They had not interacted with each other prior to Wells’ death. Instead, the shooting appeared to be an instance of mistaken identity,” an official court document read (per Caselaw Access Project). 

As to why Vanderpool so vehemently believed Blaine Wells to be a member of the United Aryan Brotherhood or what led him to that conclusion, the details are still rather murky. However, it was later confirmed that the Irish Mob henchman thought Wells was rival Aryan Kevin Pilon and fired a bullet into the car, mistaking Wells for Pilon. Vanderpool was later arrested, convicted, and sentenced to life imprisonment with no chance of parole, as Tulsa World reports.

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