Colorado authorities are searching for a man suspected of fatally shooting three people Monday afternoon after a dispute over property spiraled out of control.
The Custer County incident left two men and one woman dead, according to the Custer County Sheriff’s Office. At around 1 p.m., officers called to the crime scene in a wooded area and also found another woman who had been shot multiple times in the chest.
That woman was flown to the hospital in critical condition but is expected to survive, Sheriff Lloyd “Rich” Smith said at a news conference Monday night. A fifth person described by KMGH TV As a surveyor, he was found with the group near the property line in a wooded area, Smith said, but they managed to escape.
Authorities have identified the suspect as Hanme K. Clark, 45. “The suspect and at least one of the victims have been involved in prior civil disputes over property lines,” Smith said CNNalthough Smith did not provide details about the disputes.
After the shooting in Custer County — a rural area of Colorado with a population of just over 5,000 — the suspect fled before police arrived. Smith said a shelter-in-place order was sent out to locals as police, accompanied by a drone and a SWAT team, combed the area.
The sheriff said Clark was believed to have been driving a white Dodge Ram pickup Monday night and that authorities remain confident he will be caught. “We know almost exactly where the suspect and vehicle are, and we are working with another law enforcement agency to take him into custody,” Smith said.