More details emerge of 3 homicides in Lawton
Sat, 01/25/2014 - 2:18am Malinda Rust
Police are continuing to collect information and evidence on this week's killing of three Lawtonians.
Residents were shocked and saddened by the deaths of Uwe and Stefan Rushing Monday during an early-morning home invasion at 1116 NW Columbia. The father and his two sons, 14 and 18, were home watching television when masked intruders came into the house.
Police say it appears they immediately fired upon their victims. The 18-year-old son ran to another room to grab his father's shotgun and closed the door. When the intruders tried to come through the door, the teenager shot through the door and scared them away.
No arrests have been made, and police say they don't have any definite suspects. However, police Capt. Craig Akard said Friday that detectives do have some "individuals they are looking into because of some circumstances in the case."
"I don't want to say they're even persons of interest," Akard said, because police are not yet ready to "zero in" on anyone.
The case has piqued interest and concern among some residents who wonder whether the Rushings one a counselor at a group home for troubled youth and the other an honor student at Central Middle School were targeted for some reason or were victims of a random crime.
Police records show Uwe Rushing had reported that someone rammed into the back door of his house the Friday before the homicide, but police are not yet sure if the crimes were committed by the same person.
There were no drugs, contraband or large amounts of money found inside the house, Akard said.
Akard said investigators had been told of one prior conflict involving Uwe Rushing that was possibly related to his work at the group home, but as of Friday, the details of the incident had not been substantiated through interviews or reports.
Detectives went to Oklahoma City Friday to compare notes with the medical examiner about the case.