Authorities ID suspect in double homicide near Lake Travis


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Officials are searching for Randall Lee Burrows, 54, who they say shot 3 people Wednesday, 2 of whom died.

The shooting happened in a Lake Travis neighborhood, in the 2000 block of Whitebead Trail.

Investigators currently believe the shooting was over a business dispute, officials said.

Travis County deputies are looking for the man they say gunned down a couple and injured a third person in a Lake Travis neighborhood Wednesday evening.

Investigators believe Lakeway resident Randall Lee Burrows, 54, shot the three people over a business dispute, but authorities didn’t provide more details on how the incident started.

Deputies responded about 7:40 p.m. to reports of a shooting in the 2000 block of Whitebead Trail and found a man and a woman dead on a residence’s front yard with shots in the head, Travis County sheriff’s Capt. Craig Smith said Thursday.

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Deputies also found a woman with gunshot wounds inside her home in that area, and she is still in critical condition, Smith said. He said the couple who died was renting the home to the woman who survived, whose name officials declined to release.

Neighbors and friends have identified the couple who died as Susan Gulla-O’Leary and Dale Guthrie. Authorities said the Travis County medical examiner’s office hadn’t yet confirmed their identities.

Burrows, who is now wanted on a murder charge, was last seen driving a 2011 white Ford Escape SUV with the Texas license plate FVX 4037, Smith said.

Investigators haven’t been able to find Burrows, Smith said. A SWAT team searched his Lakeway home, but didn’t find him or his SUV there. The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, the FBI and local police agencies are helping Travis County search for Burrows, Smith said.

“We would like anybody who sees Mr. Burrows or his vehicle to immediately call 911,” Smith said. People shouldn’t approach Burrows, who is considered armed and dangerous, Smith said.

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Burrows was previously charged with murder in 1989, but not convicted, said Smith. The details of that charge were unclear Thursday.

Neighbor Kyna Gillaspy said Gulla-O’Leary and Guthrie used to live across the street from the rental home where the shooting happened and moved to Lakeway last year. Gillaspy said she heard the shooting Wednesday night.

“All I heard was something about ‘did a lousy job’ and then (wondered) why is Dale shooting firecrackers?” Gillaspy said. “It kept going, and the girls were just screaming. I thought, what, is Dale throwing firecrackers at them? … The girls were really screaming. … Then I saw (someone’s) car in the driveway. I looked through the fence and that’s when I saw him running up the stairs after the girl.”

Smith said investigators believe that the shooting started outside the residence, then eventually ended inside.

Neighbor Monica Fuller said she had known the couple for six or seven years. Gulla-O’Leary had recently become a grandmother and was excited about her new grandchild, Fuller said.

“She was a wonderful person,” Fuller said. “The most cheerful, positive person you ever met in your whole life. … I always called her Susan Songbird.”

Guthrie’s LinkedIn profile says he was co-owner of Pagosa Builders, a general contractor focusing on fast food restaurants, and worked as a development consultant. His bio also says he attended Texas State University from 1978 to 1981.

Gulla-O’Leary, who has worked as a commercial real estate broker since 1990, had been creating paintings and sculptures for 20 years. A website on public sculptures includes a biography of her in which she explains her approach to art: “When you view my art, know that it is only my masterful interpretation and expression of the artful beauty God created.”



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