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Shooting suspect identified; search moves to Antlers

Sunday, July 18, 2021 - Authorities have identified the suspect in last night's shooting on Interstate 40 that left two individuals in critical condition.

Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane stated the suspect is Lee King from Antlers, Oklahoma. King is pictured above in a previous mugshot.

King was spotted by Antlers police officers on Sunday and the search to locate him has moved to Antlers and away from Sequoyah County.

It is now believed that King was also involved in a carjacking and shooting in Oklahoma City Saturday morning, Sheriff Lane said.

At approximately 9:30 a.m. in OKC a couple driving a rental car stopped to pick up a male subject that they did not know. The subject has since been identified as King. The couple were giving King a ride when at some point he pulled out a gun and told the driver to pull over. King then shot the woman in the leg and drove off with the vehicle.

The vehicle King carjacked apparently ran out of gas on I-40 four miles west of Vian later Saturday night. Two men stopped to help him and gave King a ride to the Loves in Vian. It was originally believed that a man and woman stopped but authorities now know it was two men. Both from the Greenwood, Ark. area.

Once the men returned King to the stolen vehicle, he shot both of them. One was shot in the face and one was shot in the chest. Both remain in critical condition at this time.

King then fled the scene and authorities searched for him in Sequoyah County throughout the night. He was armed and considered very dangerous.

Earlier today Antlers police spotted the stolen vehicle and initiated a pursuit. The chase ended with King fleeing the vehicle and running into the woods. Antlers police immediately recognized King due to several previous incidents. When provided with the photos obtained by surveillance cameras at Loves, they confirmed King's identity, linking all three incidents.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and Antlers police are in charge of the ongoing search for King.

Sheriff Lane emphasized that King is now in the vicinity of Antlers and the search has shifted to that area. Sequoyah County deputies have been sent to assist in the search.

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