Lake Travis murder victims identified; search continues for suspect

Randall Burrows (TCSO)
Randall Burrows (TCSO)

TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Travis County Sheriff’s deputies continue to search for a man who they say shot and killed two people in the Lakeway-area Wednesday night.

Richard Dale Guthrie and Susan Gulla-O’Leary, both 60 years old and from Austin, were identified Friday as the two victims.

In a news conference Thursday afternoon, the Travis County Sheriff’s Office says they have identified the suspect as 54-year-old Randall Lee Burrows, of Lakeway. They say Burrows left the scene in a 2011 white Ford Escape, Texas license plate number FVX-4037. Police say he should be considered armed and dangerous. He is described as 5-foot-9, 195 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes.

Randall Burrows' 2011 Ford Escape. (TCSO)
Randall Burrows’ 2011 Ford Escape. (TCSO)

The shooting happened around 7:40 p.m. in the 2000 block of Whitebead Trail, not far from the intersection of Ranch Road 620 and Hudson Bend Road. In the front yard, deputies found Guthrie and Gulla-O’Leary — who they say were boyfriend and girlfriend — dead with gunshot wounds to the head. A STAR Flight helicopter crew took another woman to University Medical Center Brackenridge, where she remains in critical condition.

Capt. Craig Smith says the altercation appears to have started as a business dispute. A customer tells us Burrows runs Lakeway Chores with his son.
Neither of the deceased victims lived at the home where the shooting happened, but they did own the property, which was being leased to the woman who is currently in the hospital.

An arrest warrant for murder has been issued for Burrows’ arrest. “We’re not real sure where his location is at this time,” says Capt. Smith. The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force is assisting with the search for the suspect.

“We would ask that no one try to come into contact with Mr. Burrows,” says Smith. “Don’t try to approach him yourself, immediately call 911.”

Authorities are not releasing the identity of the victims at this time, but neighbor Monica Fuller says she knew the friends she will never forget for eight years.

“I’m just devastated by this because they really were generous people, very generous…Nice, kind people. Both of them,” Fuller said of the couple. “I don’t think they knew that he had a record of what he did.”

Burrows’ Criminal History

The Travis County Sheriff’s Office says in 1989, Burrows was arrested and charged with attempt to commit murder in Montgomery County but was never convicted. More recently, the agency says Burrows was charged with two counts of aggravated assault out of Lakeway.

According to an arrest affidavit, Burrows was charged with aggravated assault on June 28, 2016. In the assault, which took place in the parking of a Randall’s grocery store on Ranch to Market 620, Burrows threw a man to the ground and took his dog, police said.

The victim and a witness told police Burrows became upset when he found the victim’s dog alone in a parked car. When the victim returned to the car, he said Burrows attacked him and pushed him to the ground. The victim, who uses a cane to walk, fractured his hip socket in the fall.

Burrows told police the victim hit him with his cane. However, police reviewed surveillance video and did not see the victim strike Burrows. The victim also told police he can’t stand without his cane since having a stroke.

Burrows left the scene with the victim’s dog, the affidavit states.

Court records show Burrows has a court hearing scheduled for his most recent aggravated assault charge in April.

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