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Fulton police identify victim, suspect in deadly home invasion


Police identified two people killed after a home invasion in Fulton on Monday night.

According to a news release, Mark Chan Lee, 58, of Fulton died at a hospital in Columbia from gunshot wounds. Two other people were also injured in the home invasion in the 300 block of West 9th Street. One of those victims was hospitalized and has since been released. A third person was treated at the scene after being assaulted.

Police identified the suspect as Willie Thompkins, 45, of Fulton. Officers found Thompkin's body under a trailer Tuesday morning. Investigators believe he ran off south toward Carver Street after someone shot him.

"He did attempt to apply a tourniquet to his leg where there was a gunshot wound and eventually ended up underneath a utility trailer to the west of the next-door residence where this happened,"Fulton Police Chief police Bill Ladwig said.

Fulton police say a canine tried to track the suspect, but Thompkins was nowhere to be found.

Some members of the community have question how Thompkins' body was missed during the investigation. Ladwig says police are still investigating.

"Could he have been under the trailer or close by at a hiding spot that was just missed? That's possible. But he was not visible in that same position. I was there the night before and did not see anybody," Ladwig said.

Police said officers found a gun with Thompkins. Investigators are still looking into what happened after Thompkins was shot and why Thompkins targeted the victims in the first place.

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Katie Greathouse

Katie Greathouse is the assistant news director for ABC 17 News.

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