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UPDATE: Vehicle Associated With Black Forest Shooting Located

By: Alyssa Chin/KKTV/KCNC Email
By: Alyssa Chin/KKTV/KCNC Email

First scene on Timberlane Court.
Kenneth Lankford, 46. (Credit: EPSO) Authorities have called him a person of interest connected to one of the scenes. Not being called a suspect at this time.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says the vehicle associated with the shootings in Black Forest on Saturday has been located.

Colorado Springs Police got a tip that the 2002 Honda Odyssey with license plate 048-GJB was in the southeast part of Colorado Springs. The sheriff's office has impounded the minivan as part of the investigation.

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Kenneth Lankford was arrested and charged with the murders of two people and the attempted murder of a third. This is from the shooting spree in Black Forest.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office had been calling Lankford a "person of interest" for most of the investigation.

Investigators said Lankford, 46, shot and killed his 51-year-old wife Terry Lankford. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is charging him with two counts of 1st degree murder, an attempted murder charge, and assault.

Sheriff's deputies were first called to a home on Timber Lane Court just after 8:30 a.m. Saturday where a husband and wife were shot.

Investigators later went to a home on Burrows Road near Black Forest Road, about 5 miles away. Investigators said that’s where Lankford’s wife was found dead inside.

11 News talked to Terry’s mother, she was visibly distraught and didn't want to do an on camera interview. She said her murdered daughter was married to the suspect, Lankford, for about 3 years.

Flowers were placed at the mailbox of the home where two shooting victims live on Timber Lane Court.

The dispatch tapes reveal the first call coming into 911, "(Reporting party) indicating he was shot in the face, we’re still gathering further."

That man, believed to be Thomas Fowler, 52, is currently in the hospital in stable condition.

Roughly 20 minutes later, another call into dispatch for a woman believed to be Fowler’s wife, 51-year-old Carol Fowler. She was found shot and killed inside their home.

“I need medical for my location 50-year-old female with a gunshot wound to the head."

We talked to Christy Ferguson who lives nearby and told deputies she heard gunshots and a man's voice yelling, possibly a victim.

"That’s what I realized, it was probably (Flower) going to the neighbors house looking for help," Ferguson said.

All day and night, there was a manhunt for Lankford. Deputies named him the suspect in these shootings.

Investigators said he crashed his car into a fence, about eight miles from the two crime scenes. He took off running, but was caught a few hours later, early Sunday morning.

"We started out a little spooked. My husband got up and turned on all the lights," neighbor Linda Thomas said.

Investigators said Lankford lived in the home on Burrows Road with his wife Terry where she was found. We’re told the Lankford’s formerly lived in a home on Shoup Road, but their home burned down during the Black Forest Fire. Some neighbors reported seeing Kenneth living in a nearby tent at some point after the fire.

Jill Freeman, a former neighbor of the suspect said Lankford and his wife had problems in their marriage.

"She came over one day with a dog and asked if I could watch her dog. She said Kenneth didn't like her dog and was afraid to leave it. She was afraid he might harm it. 'I used to be much happier before I was married’," Freeman recalled.

Lankford is currently in jail and is being held without bond.

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The El Paso County Sheriff's Office confirms that a person of interest possibly connected to a deadly shooting has been taken into custody.

Kenneth Lankford, 46, was located and taken in to custody at 7:15 a.m. after an hours long search Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Lankford is not being called a suspect, but was considered armed and dangerous. The sheriff's office says it is conducting interviews to determine Lankford's roll in the shootings, if any.

Law enforcement, K-9 units and helicopters looked for him in the area of Hodgen Rd. and Steppler Rd. Residents west to highway 83, a mile south of Hodgen, north to County Line Rd., and east to Rex Rd., were asked to stay in their homes.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says the arrest was a joint effort between the county, SWAT and air support from the Denver police department.

The search was in connection to a shooting that killed two people and seriously injured one.

When asked if a gunman is still at large, the sheriff's office said the risk to the community is not completely abated until the red van is located. They are still looking for it. It's described as a red 2002 Honda Odyssey, Colorado license plate 048GJB.

One of the victims was located on Timberlane Court Saturday, and EPSO has confirmed that a reported burglary on Burrows Road is related to the Timberlane incident. But the Sheriff's Office has not said where the other two victims were shot.

"It's just unheard of we've been out here for 40 years and just never have of anything worry about nothing," neighbor Bridye Oneil said.

"There's no way, this just doesn't happen. It's a quiet community, a little bit hard to get to frankly. We know the neighbors pretty well; we have a neighborhood watch and we're very, very shocked," neighbor Chris Brady said.

Deputies responded to Timberlane Court around 8:30 Saturday morning. Around 11 a.m., 11 News was told deputies were responding to a second location five miles east of Timberlane Court, in the area of Burgess and Burrows Road.

We will continue to bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.


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