A Roseburg man shot Tuesday evening by an assailant who killed his wife and father-in-law suffered a non-life threatening wound, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
Chris Mark Langford, 26, was shot at about 9:30 p.m. outside the trailer where he and his wife, Brittney Langford, lived in the 5700 block of Northeast Stephens Street in Winchester.
Brittney Langford and her father, Michael Tellone, 47, were killed at the scene. The sheriff’s office describes the suspect as a Hispanic male 30 to 40 years old. He was wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, deputies said.
The sheriff’s office confirmed the victims’ identities this morning. Deputies have not commented on what motivated the shooting, but say they believe the shooter has left the area.
Chris Langford was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, but a hospital spokeswoman said today he was not listed as a patient. A sheriff’s office spokesman said that Langford survived the shooting, but further information about his condition was unavailable.
Friends are mourning the deaths of Brittney Langford and Tellone, who both graduated from Douglas County high schools.
After graduating from Roseburg High School in 2007, Brittney Langford attended Roseburg Beauty College. She had worked at Hair Studio 28 in Sutherlin for nearly five years.
She was a popular hairdresser whose sudden death rocked the salon, said Shannon Reber, who worked there with Langford and said she had known Langford since she was a child.
“The only thing we can say is that it was a senseless act that took our friend and co-worker,” Reber said.
According to his Facebook page, Tellone graduated from Sutherlin High School in 1984. A friend, who asked to not be named, said Tellone was a mechanic in Eugene. A relative said Wednesday the family would issue a statement when it’s ready.
Chris Langford graduated from South Umpqua High School in 2005. The school’s former principal, Brody Guthrie, said today Langford was a “lighthearted” and “positive” student who was “always willing to help a fellow classmate.”
“After high school, life wasn’t as kind to him, but he has battled through those times,” said Guthrie, now principal of Canyonville Elementary School. “He has the courage and fortitude to dig deep and to come out courageous ... He’s the type of man that will battle back.”
Chris Langford’s high school bowling coach, Wade Rhodes, owner of Nickel Bowl in Tri City, said Langford was a “good kid” who “liked to have a good time.”
“It’s such a tragedy, you know,” Rhodes said. “He’s really had some hard luck. How much does one person have to put up with?”
In 2008, The News-Review reported Langford was hospitalized after falling victim to carbon monoxide poisoning in a car parked in a garage at Callahan Court Assisted Living Facility in Roseburg.
He was found unconscious along with his girlfriend, 17-year-old Brittney Nicole Randozzo, who died as a result of the accidental poisoning.
Langford was in critical condition for days. His right leg was amputated above the knee due to losing circulation for 12 hours, according to a July 2008 article in The Medford Mail-Tribune. The article was about Chris Langford accompanying his 90-year-old grandmother on a hot-air balloon ride in Medford.
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