Douglas County Sheriff’s Office identifies three Lawrence men involved in double fatality shooting

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A Douglas County Sheriff's Office vehicle is pictured in this file photo from August 2017.

Three Lawrence men involved in a double fatality shooting in rural Douglas County over the weekend have been identified by local law enforcement.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Jennifer Hethcoat said Ramon V. Muhammad, 51, died at the scene from apparent gunshot wounds, and Austin J. Crystal, 31, died at the hospital from apparent gunshot wounds. The third man in the shooting, Ronald W. Crystal, 58, who was injured from apparent gunshot wounds, is currently in stable condition at a hospital, Hethcoat said.

The sheriff’s office had notified the families of the three men, allowing for their names to be released. The incident is still under investigation, Hethcoat said. Other details of the incident were not released by the sheriff’s department on Monday.

As the Journal-World has reported, law enforcement responded to a rural property in the 2000 block of E. 1100 Road at about 6:25 p.m. on Saturday after receiving reports of gunshots. When deputies arrived, one individual — now known to be Muhammad — was found dead and the two other individuals were transported to area hospitals with life threatening injuries. On Sunday, the sheriff’s office announced a second man involved in the shooting — now known to be Crystal — had died from his wounds at the hospital.

The address of the shooting scene is a rural property north of Lake View Lake near the Kansas River, according to Google Maps.

Emergency radio traffic indicated that at least two civilians at the scene exchanged gunfire, Journal-World news partner Operation 100 News reported. Hethcoat said there was no reason to believe there is a threat to the public related to the incident.

Additionally, she said the shootings happened outside. Deputies and detectives worked throughout the night to process the crime scene before snow arrived on Sunday morning.


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