Victims in Black Forest triple shooting identified; suspect arrested

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - The three victims shot during a crime spree in Black Forest Saturday morning were identified Sunday night.

Two of the three died in the shootings and the third is recovering from his wounds, according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

Terry Lankford, 51, was found shot to death in her home in the 6000 block of Burrows Road.  She was identified as the suspect's wife, by a family member who talked to The Denver Post.  Carol Fowler, also 51, was found shot to death in her home in the 11000 block of Timber Lane Court and her husband,  Thomas Fowler, 52, was found shot at that same location.  

El Paso County deputies said two people were shot and two homes burglarized on Timber Lane Court around 8:30 Saturday morning.  Investigators said the suspect stole a neighbor's red van and took off following the shootings.

The Sheriff's office took 46-year-old Kenneth Foy Lankford into custody shortly after 7:30 a.m. Sunday in connection with the shootings.  He was originally described as a "person of interest" in the case.  

Lankford was arrested and booked into the El Paso County jail on two counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder, and one count of first-degree assault.  He is being held without bond.

A motive for the slayings hasn't been released.

According to the Gazette, family members posted on Facebook about the shooting. In one, Carol Fowler's sister-in-law said that Thomas Fowler had been shot in the face and stated Carol Fowler had died from gunshot wounds.

Lankford has an extensive criminal history and was out on bond on a drug charge. On Oct. 17, he was cited with owning a dangerous dog that caused injury or death.

Neighbors who live on Burrows Road told 7NEWS Lankford looks like the man who recently moved into the home where the second shooting occurred.

"Well it could be him.  The closest I've seen him is that driveway when he was chasing that dog," said a neighbor who lives nearby.

Lankford's last known address was off Shoup Road, but that home burned in the Black Forest Fire.  Neighbors said he occasionally stayed in a tent on the property.

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