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Investigators are looking for 36-year-old Pablo Serrano as a person of interest. He may be driving a red 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck with Kansas plates 729HED. (Credit: KCTV) Investigators are looking for 36-year-old Pablo Serrano as a person of interest. He may be driving a red 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck with Kansas plates 729HED. (Credit: KCTV)
A Missouri Highway Patrol trooper stationed outside of a Montgomery County high school (Credit: Ray Preston / KMOV.com) A Missouri Highway Patrol trooper stationed outside of a Montgomery County high school (Credit: Ray Preston / KMOV.com)
When officers arrived on the scene, they found three men in their early 30s dead from apparent gunshot wounds. A fourth victim was taken to an area hospital where he later died from apparent gunshot wounds. (Brandon Richard/KCTV5 News) When officers arrived on the scene, they found three men in their early 30s dead from apparent gunshot wounds. A fourth victim was taken to an area hospital where he later died from apparent gunshot wounds. (Brandon Richard/KCTV5 News)
Police were called about 11 p.m. Monday to a shooting in the 3000 block of South 36th Street. (KCTV5) Police were called about 11 p.m. Monday to a shooting in the 3000 block of South 36th Street. (KCTV5)
Man suspected of fatally shooting four people at his neighbor's home in KCK before killing another man about 170 miles away in a rural Missouri house was taken into custody early Wednesday morning after an extensive manhunt, troopers said. (KRCG) Man suspected of fatally shooting four people at his neighbor's home in KCK before killing another man about 170 miles away in a rural Missouri house was taken into custody early Wednesday morning after an extensive manhunt, troopers said. (KRCG)
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

The suspect wanted for four murders in KCK and one in Montgomery County, Missouri was taken into custody late Tuesday night in Missouri.

The fifth victim was found near Montgomery County, about 170 miles away from the original crime scene in Kansas City, KS, authorities say.

According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, they received a call around 7 a.m. Tuesday from a citizen who reported hearing gunshots. When officers arrived to the scene, they found a man, later identified as Randy Nordman, dead of a gunshot wound.

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A witness reported seeing the suspect leave the shooting scene on foot, officials say.

“Based on our preliminary information we have determined a 49-year-old male was killed at that residence and the subject we believe was connected to that was spotted east of that location,” said Missouri State Highway Sgt. Scott White. “We’re starting our search from where he was last seen and branching out from there.”

Investigators identified 40-year-old Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino as the suspect. His vehicle was located abandoned on Interstate 70 near Montgomery County Tuesday.

Serrano-Vitorino was taken into custody near the intersection and Highway 19 and Interstate 70 following a 17-hour manhunt. Authorities say a rifle was recovered during the arrest.

The suspect was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and placed on a 24-hour hold for Nordman’s murder. In addition, his bond was set at $2 million for the Kansas City, Kansas murders.

Up to 100 officers, K-9 units and two helicopters were involved in the manhunt. 

Schools near the search area were placed on lockdown and all residents were asked to stay inside, lock their doors and report anyone suspicious during the search. 

Gov. Jay Nixon issued the following statement after Serrano-Vitorino was taken into custody: 

“I commend the outstanding work of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and all the law enforcement agencies that worked together yesterday into early this morning to capture and arrest an armed and dangerous fugitive wanted for four murders and suspected in a fifth. Once again in a highly dangerous situation, the Patrol and Missouri local law enforcement officers courageously worked to protect the citizens of Missouri. Their brave action serves as another reminder of the debt we all owe to the men and women who wear the badge and dedicate their lives to public safety.”

Kansas City, KS police were called about 11 p.m. Monday to the 3000 block of South 36th Street. When officers arrived on the scene, they found three men in their early 30s dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

A fourth victim was taken to an area hospital where he later died from apparent gunshot wounds. The identity of the victims have not been release at this time.

Police say one of the men shot to death managed to call police before he died.

Serrano-Vitorino, lived next door to where the shootings happened. 

Late Tuesday afternoon, Serrano-Vitorino was charged with four counts of first-degree murder in Wyandotte County. According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, they previously deported him, “an illegal alien from Mexico, in April 2004...Mr. Serrano-Vitorino illegally re-entered the United States on an unknown date.”

“They located a party in the yard with a gunshot wound and another party on the front porch. Then, upon further investigation, they located two subjects in the house that were deceased from apparent gunshot wounds.” KCK Officer Cameron Morgan said.

Police have confirmed the identities of three of the four victims as brothers Austin and Clint Harter and Michael Capps.

KCTV5’s Elliot Metz and Elisabeth Rentschler contributed to this report.

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