An Indiana man is on the run after allegedly killing a man and placing a woman in critical condition after a shooting that occurred on Thursday morning. Brandon Thomas Woody is wanted for questioning regarding the shootings and is considered to be armed and dangerous to anyone that he comes into contact with. Woody is suspected of knowing the man he murdered and the woman that is now in critical condition. Police feel that Woody will be easy to spot, due to his prominent tattoos, but warn that he should not be approached due to his violent history.
WNDU TV reported that the victims, the man previously unnamed until his family was properly notified, were 19-year-old Joshua Randall from Syracuse, Indiana, and a 23-year-old woman named Tara Thornburg. The man was found shot to death in an upstairs bedroom and the woman was found on the first floor of the home. Both victims suffered head wounds from the shootings. Police responded to the 911 call within three minutes, but it was too late to save the male victim.
Police feel that the incident is isolated, due to the suspected relationship between Woody and the victims. However, they fear that the call for his arrest may cause him to be violent and unpredictable. According to WSBT TV, Woody has a criminal history that has followed him since he was 16-years-old, one incident related to armed robbery. Now 23, his criminal record has grown exponentially.
Although in critical condition, the female victim called the police to report the shooting and was able to provide enough detail to identify Woody as the shooter. It is unknown why the shooting took place or how Woody knew the individuals he shot. However, the deceased man and critically injured woman are confirmed to have been in a relationship.
The Syracuse police department is working with the Kosiosko Sheriff’s department and the Indiana State police in hopes of apprehending Woody before more victims are harmed. There is concern that he may flee to another state to hide.
At this time, there is no word on whether alcohol or drugs were a factor in the shooting. A third individual that owned the home was at work during the shooting. The victims are known by the local police department from previous calls to the house.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Brandon Thomas Woody is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-342-STOP.
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