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Neighbors shaken by Black Forest killings

Black Forest shootings victims named

BLACK FOREST, Colo. - Fresh wounds and unanswered questions as tragedy strikes Black Forest once again.

Three people were shot Saturday morning. Two of them were killed.

El Paso County Sheriff's Office arrested 46-year-old Kenneth Lankford as a suspect Sunday morning. Deputies tried to pull him over around 2 a.m. He crashed his car and hid from law enforcement. They caught him around 7 a.m.

The Sheriff's Office is still looking for the stolen 2002 Honda Odyssey with the license plate 048GJB.

Deputies say the shootings happened at two locations: one on Timber Lane Court and another on Burrows Road.

According to Lankford's sister-in-law, Kenneth was married to 51-year-old Terry Lankford for several years and deputies now tell us she is one of the two killed. Carol Fowler, 51, is the other. Her husband, Thomas Fowler, 52, was also shot. He is in stable condition at a hospital.

Flowers were wrapped around the Fowler's mailbox as a sad reminder of lives shattered.

"Amazed that it would happen in this neighborhood," said neighbor Christy Ferguson.

Thomas and carol fowler own the home on Timber Lane Court, one of the crime scenes. Ferguson was home sitting outside and was startled by what happened.

"Wake up like I usually do on a Saturday morning with the dogs in the backyard and I heard a single gunshot and I thought it's kind of early for target shooting, but maybe somebody's up already doing that," said Ferguson.

Then, about 15 minutes later she heard sirens.

"I was just like that's really unusual for here and that sounds really close," said Ferguson.

Hours later, she learned three people had been shot in the usually quiet Black Forest, two killed.

"I didn't know them that well, but that doesn't mean that you don't feel for them and their family," said Ferguson.

Meanwhile, on Burrows Road crosses sit outside a home. It's the home where another shooting took place, where Terry Lankford.

"It was really strange that there were two different houses involved," said Ferguson.

Lankford, who has a criminal record, lost his home in the Black Forest Fire. A tent is all that sits on the property.

"I feel compassion for him in the sense that he did lose his home," said Ferguson.

We spoke with a friend of Kenneth Lankford's family. She says Lankford hasn't had contact with his family in a long time.

Lankford was arrested on two counts of first degree murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of first degree assault and is being held without bond.

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