Update: The Guthrie Police Department released an update confirming the victim of the murder on Wednesday as Joseph William Angelo. Angelo was born on May 27, 1992 and his next of kin agreed to share pictures with the general public. Police encourage anyone with information on this incident to share it with the investigators.
Guthrie Police were called to 312 S Oak St. at 12:13 a.m to respond to a possible burglary. When the authorities arrived on scene, a man was laying on the front porch of the house with multiple gunshot wounds according to local police. The shooting took place outside the home while two other people were in the house at the time, a male and a female, and neither were injured during the incident.
Anthony Gibbs with the Guthrie Police Department, who led the on-scene operation, said the officers who first arrived at the address were unable to determine the amount of times the victim had been shot and he was immediately transported to a hospital.
"He was pronounced dead at the hospital. They then determined that there were 36 separate gunshot wounds. There were also witnesses in the area that had heard two distinct cycles of firing," Gibbs said.
The weapon used was a handgun and Gibbs said that the caliber used is presently unknown. However, he did note that there were two different caliber casings. As for the amount of bullet casings found on scene, Gibbs said an OSBI agent who is assisting in the case will relay that information at a later time.
According to Gibbs, several witnesses watched three individuals run from the scene, get into a vehicle and drive away. Due to the darkness, the witnesses were unable to identify the gender or race of the individuals and the type of vehicle was unknown at that time.
At this time, Gibbs cannot conclude if the murder was intentional or if multiple people shot the victim. He did note that the case is unusual because it is not common to have a homicide case with so many gunshot wounds.
"You don't normally run across somebody, even in a homicide, that has been shot 36 times. ... Obviously something was going on whether it just happened or if the people decided they wanted to shoot somebody 36 times. That takes more time obviously and more time to be caught," Gibbs said.
Two people who live on the same street as the house where the murder took place, Lemuel Hodges and Makayla Lott, said they were awake and watching a movie when they suddenly heard gunshots ring out in the neighborhood.
"It was so loud, it was like it was happening right next to us," Lott said.
Hodges agreed, saying that they immediately covered the windows and went to the kitchen to avoid possible crossfire. He also mentioned that the homeowner, a woman whose name has not yet been provided, had lived there for a few weeks at the time.
"Apparently last night there were people trying to get into her house for whatever she had that they wanted. She called someone because she was scared, he came over and they shot him," Hodges said.
After the police finished their on-scene work in the late morning Wednesday, the landlord of the property was contacted. The landlord, Jerry Tennyson, said he does not know why an incident such as this would have happened at that location.
"It was a woman and she had with her a little baby. ... I don't know why, I have never had any problems here ever," Tennyson said.
At this time, the police investigators are working to apprehend those involved but have not yet located a suspect. During the investigation they tagged a vehicle that may be of interest in the case.
Investigator Erik Lamb, who is participating in the investigation, said they are following very active leads at this time.
"We have very active and positive leads and we are actively searching them out," Lamb said
The story will continue to be updated as the investigation continues to unfold and names of the victim and involved parties are released. Continue to check in with the Guthrie News Leader for those updates.