Four adults found dead inside El Paso County home following shooting; homicide investigation underway

It’s still not clear how all of the involved were related or what led to the shooting in the first place
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Posted at 4:06 PM, Dec 07, 2023
and last updated 2023-12-12 17:49:21-05

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — Four adults were found dead inside a home northeast of Peyton Wednesday, deputies with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said, as they reassured the public there was no threat the community.

Deputies received a report of a shooting at 21000 Akawi Way in unincorporated El Paso County at around 11:40 p.m. When deputies arrived shortly after midnight Thursday, deputies found a man with non-life-threatening injuries outside the address.

After he was rendered care, the county’s Tactical Support group, which includes SWAT, negotiators, medics, K9, robotic assets, and other resources, were dispatched to the home.

Upon SWAT's entry into the premises, four dead adults were found inside. They have been identified as:

  • Desiree N. Vandelac, 54
  • Robert V. Vandelac, 57
  • Debray A. Scott, 30
  • Peyton S. Vandelac, 22

Their relationship as well as a motive into the shooting has not yet been established, deputies said in a news release Thursday.
“Initial information indicates all events occurred prior to law enforcement arrival,” deputies wrote.

A homicide investigation is now underway and the exact manner and causes of death will not be available until the coroner has the full autopsy results, deputies said in a news release.

Four adults found dead inside El Paso County home following shooting

Editor's note on Dec. 12 at 3:48 p.m.: This story has been updated with the identities of the deceased.

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