Saturday, July 17, 2021 - Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane is warning residents, especially on the west end of the county, to be aware of an armed and dangerous suspect on the loose.
At approximately 9:00 p.m. the sheriff's department was notified of a shooting that had taken place on Interstate 40 westbound near Mile Marker 293, 4 miles west of Vian.
Sheriff Lane stated that an unidentified black male, believed to be a hitchhiker, had shot a male and female striking one in the face and one in the chest. Both were critically injured but stable at this time. The victims are not from this area, according to Sheriff Lane.
The suspect, who fled on foot, is to be considered armed and dangerous. Sheriff Lane stated that the subject fled into the woods.
"We want to warn everyone to NOT pick up anyone along the road," Sheriff Lane said. "Lock all doors, turn on outside lights and be aware of what is going on around you."
It is believed that the subject was picked up while hitchhiking by the two victims. They stopped at the Loves in Vian and that is where the photos of the suspect were captured by surveillance cameras. The victims were shot after leaving the store.
Sequoyah County Undersheriff Charles House said that residents need to be extremely careful. "This guy could break into a house and he is very dangerous," House said.
Law enforcement are searching the area and have established perimeters on as many roads as possible. Helicopter searching is being prohibited at this time due to weather.
The suspect is described as a black male wearing dark pants, a blue shirt and a backpack.
If you see anyone matching this description please contact the sheriff's office.
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