Family Dispute May Have Been Cause of Shooting that Left Two Dead in Middleburg | Crime

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Family Dispute May Have Been Cause of Shooting that Left Two Dead in Middleburg
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MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- A family dispute may have led to the deaths of two people and injuries to others following an early-morning shooting, police said.

Into the evening, Clay County Sheriff's Office continued looking for Christopher Scott Kilgore, who police said is armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees him or knows his whereabouts should call 911 immediately.

Tuesday morning, the police crime scene tape was gone along with the police vehicles that looked after the home most of the day Monday.

The home where the shooting happened is about 100 yards into the woods. A CrimeStoppers sign is posted next to the mailbox.

Police previously said they would leave the home once the medical examiner's office removed the two bodies from the crime scene and investigators finished gathering evidence at the home.

"We are operating under the assumption that the individual is somewhat in the area, southern part of the county. We have made contact with northeast florida region...in hopes of finding Mr. Kilgore," said Major Craig Aldrich, Clay County Sheriff's Office.

The 911 call about this shooting came in around 4 a.m. from inside the home on Wooduck Road.

According to Aldrich, Kilgore's younger brother, Raymond Kilgore, 29, was found dead in the home, as was James Coody, 21, an acquaintance of Raymond Kilgore. The 18-month-old daughter of Raymond Kilgore was also in the home, and was unharmed. She is in the custody of the Department of Children and Families.

Kilgore's parents, Judy Kilgore, 53, and Daulphus Kilgore, 59, were found shot, then taken to area hospitals with life-threatening injuries. Judy Kilgore is in serious but stable condition; her husband is in critical but stable condition.

They are expected to recover.

According to a statement from the CCSO, "detectives are still not able to speculate about the motive for the shootings, but do believe a family dispute led up to the incident. The investigation is ongoing."

Kilgore has a criminal history, but no felony convictions, and there is no clear motive, said Aldrich.

"My heart is shattering right now. It's scary. People don't care..." said Kathy Farris, who lives in the neighborhood.

Wilkinson Elementary School, which is near the search site, has not been put on lockdown.

Principal Emily Weiskopf said she has not been advised by the sheriff's office to put the school on lockdown, but its staff is taking precautions.

After school, some parents waited nervously. "(I'm) just hoping and praying my kids get home from school alright."

Doors to the school were locked today, and those coming and going from the school were monitored. Also, recess was canceled because the recess area backs up to the forest where search crews were focusing this morning.

Christopher Kilgore has been arrested for a variety of offenses since 1998, most recently for carrying a concealed firearm, fleeing from police and violating a domestic violence injunction warrant.

"He was always strange.  His elevator just didn't hit every floor but I never imagined something like this would happen, never," said family friend Troy Jowers.

Raymond Kilgore and Coody also have criminal histories in Clay County. The Kilgore parents do not have criminal histories in Clay.

Searchers, including a helicopter, are looking through nearby Jennings State Forest for a blue 2005 Chevrolet Blazer with tag #B401EQ, the vehicle Kilgore left the scene in.

In the rural neighborhood surrounding Wooduck Road, deputies have set up checkpoints and are checking the IDs of neighbors coming and going.

Woodduck Road remains blocked off and will remain that way until detectives remove the victims' bodies and take them to the Jacksonville Medical Examiner's Office this evening.

Aldrich said deputies have been called to the home in the past for civil reasons.

MORE: Clay County Sheriff's Office record on Christopher Kilgore

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