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UPDATE: Two dead, one wounded in Roseburg area shootings

WINCHESTER — A woman and her father were shot to death and her husband wounded Tuesday evening at the couple’s trailer in the 5700 block of Northeast Stephens Street in the Roseburg area.

The gunman, described as a Hispanic male 30 to 40 years old, remained at large this morning. He was wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators with the Douglas County Major Crimes team are pursuing several leads, but do not believe the suspect is still in the area, sheriff’s Lt. Curt Strickland said today.

Shortly after 9:30 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a shooting at a residence behind the Winchester Pub & Grill near the corner of Northeast Stephens Street and Pioneer Way.

At the trailer, deputies found three people who had been shot. Two of them were pronounced dead at the scene. The third person was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg. It was not clear today whether he had been transferred to another hospital. He was not listed as a patient this morning at Mercy, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The sheriff’s office had not identified the victims this morning, but the trailer’s landlord, a neighbor and friend, and two co-workers identified them as Brittany Langford and her father Michael Tellone of Eugene. They identified the wounded victim as Langford’s husband, Chris Langford.

A woman, who asked that her name not be used, said she had worked with Brittany Langford at Hair Studio 28 in Sutherlin for the past four years.

She said the studio employees learned this morning of the shooting, and were “shocked and saddened.”

“She was such a funny, cheerful, always-happy girl,” the woman said.

The single-wide trailer, along with a nearby mechanic shop, had been rented by the young couple for four months, said Jim Boss, owner of both properties.

Boss arrived at the scene this morning after learning of the shooting. He said Chris Langford had recently been trying to get an auto repair business off the ground. Boss said he helped the man install a lift in the auto shop Tuesday afternoon.

“I just can’t believe stuff like this happens,” he said.

Strickland said after the call all available law enforcement units in the area were mustered. Police warned neighborhood residents with automated phone calls about the manhunt. Deputies closed Northeast Stephens Street for several hours while two police dogs also searched for the shooter.

“A call like this, everybody comes,” Strickland said.

Winchester Pub & Grill owner Paul Morehouse said his bartender barricaded herself behind the bar when she heard shooting start, and didn’t emerge until it was over.

This morning, more than a dozen investigators, including forensic detectives with Oregon State Police, remained at the scene.

A neighbor, DJ Lewis, said he’d known the couple for years. He said he graduated from Roseburg High School with Brittany Langford in 2007.

Wednesday morning, patrols were stationed at nearby Winchester Elementary School and Umpqua Community College, but classes were held as usual.

Trish McCracken, principal of Winchester Elementary, said a sheriff’s deputy, along with all school staff members, were stationed outside as students arrived in the morning.

“We have locked all our exterior doors, just for today, and students are not allowed to go anywhere without a buddy,” she said.

McCracken said in spite of the security measures, several parents decided to keep their kids home from school Wednesday.

The sheriff’s office asked anyone with information about the shooting to call 541-440-4471.

There have now been four homicides in Douglas County in the past four days.

Shawn Michael Christian, 37, of Reedsport was stabbed to death Saturday evening outside an apartment building in Reedsport. Michael Lee Corrie, 34, of Reedsport is being held on suspicion of murder.

On Sunday morning, William Joe Bruton, 57, of Myrtle Creek was found dead in his home in the 100 block of Ulam Lane. The sheriff’s office is investigating the death as a homicide. No arrest has been made. Deputies have not released any information about how Bruton died.

• Reporter Garrett Andrews can be reached at 541-957-4218 or gandrews@nrtoday.com.

This was the original story posted today:

Two people were shot to death and a third wounded Tuesday evening in the 5700 block of Northeast Stephens Street in the Roseburg area, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

The gunman, described as a Hispanic male 30 to 40 years old, remained at large this morning. He was wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt, deputies said.

Shortly after 9:30 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a shooting at a residence. The deputies found three people who had been shot. Two were pronounced dead at the scene. The third person was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg. The gunshot victim’s condition was not available.

Roseburg police and Oregon troopers joined deputies in a search of the area, but officers were unable to find the suspect.

Deputies closed Northeast Stephens Street for several hours, but the street has been reopened.

The sheriff’s office asked anyone with information about the shooting to call 541-440-4471.

There have now been four apparent homicides in Douglas County in the past four days.

Shawn Michael Christian, 37, of Reedsport was stabbed to death Saturday evening outside an apartment building in Reedsport. Michael Lee Corrie, 34, of Reedsport is being held on suspicion of murder.

On Sunday morning, William Joe Bruton, 57, of Myrtle Creek was found dead in his home in the 100 block of Ulam Lane. The sheriff’s office is investigating the death as a homicide. No arrest has been made. Deputies have not released any information about how Bruton died.


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