McAlester police officer Jeremy Busby, left foreground, and Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Mitchell wait outside the police tape surrounding a North Shannon Road home this morning as agents from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the state medical examiner’s office go over the scene where two people were shot to death.

Two people were shot to death at a North Shannon Road home early this morning and police were looking for their killer as the newspaper went to press.

Police declined to release the names of the shooting victims, but said there was one female and one male. Both were adults.

At least one other adult and several children were present in the home at the time of the shooting, police said.

“We responded to a call about gunshots at this residence at about 4:30 or 4:40 this morning,” Undersheriff Richard Sexton said. “We found two people who’d been shot and killed on the front porch.”

“It’s my understanding one of the victims lived here,” Sexton said, adding that the people who were inside the single-story frame home were all unharmed and are being questioned.

“It appears there were numerous shots fired,” he said. “We do have a suspect and officers are trying to locate him as we speak.”

Police officers from McAlester and Krebs were assisting the sheriff’s department this morning, as were investigators from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and dog handlers and tracking dogs from Jackie Brannon Correctional Center.

Officers converged on one home in East McAlester shortly after 7 a.m. in an effort to locate the suspected shooter, but to no avail.

“We have a vehicle located that could be related to the shooting,” Sexton said. The vehicle was near state Highway 31, east of McAlester.

Officers declined to speculate on the reason for the shootings and also declined to name a suspect.

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