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Pair arrested in North Dakota after fleeing from scene of shooting, fire that left 1 dead in Minnesota

A man was found dead in the burning home with what appeared to be a bullet wound to the head.

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Rebecca Lockman and Travis Gunning
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BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Two people have been arrested and charged in connection to the alleged shooting and house fire that resulted in one death in Beltrami County.

Travis Earl Gunning, 37, of Clearbrook, Minn., is charged with aiding an offender and first degree aggravated robbery, and Rebecca Elizabeth Lockman, 30, of Bemidji, is charged with aiding an offender. Both are being held in the Ward County Jail in Minot, N.D., after fleeing law enforcement. A third suspect is still at large.

According to the criminal complaint:

The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 12:34 a.m. on Sunday, May 3, from someone reporting gunshot wounds and a fire in the 11000 block of Trengrove Road Northwest, in Grant Valley Township, 10 miles west of Bemidji in north-central Minnesota, according to a release from Beltrami County Sheriff Ernie Beitel.

When authorities arrived on the scene, the house was completely engulfed in flames and officers found a man with several gunshot wounds by a nearby outbuilding. The man told authorities he arrived at his home and was shot and that he returned fire. He also said his roommate was unaccounted for.

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While canvassing the scene, deputies located the remains of a male individual inside of the burning residence with what appeared to be a bullet wound to the head. Evidence that the fire was started intentionally was also found, according to court documents.

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A body was found inside a burning house along Trengrove Road Northwest along with a man nearby suffering from multiple gunshot wounds early Sunday in Grant Valley Township, 10 miles west of Bemidji. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)

Both victims have not yet been identified by law enforcement.

Deputies found several shell casings and a cell phone tracing back to Gunning. A vehicle registered to Gunning was also seen driving away from the home.

Speaking with Gunning’s father, deputies were able to confirm that Lockman and Gunning were in a relationship. Gunning's father also said his SUV and .22 caliber handgun were missing, the documents show. Gunning’s brother also said that he had asked him for .22 bullets the day before.

Law enforcement interviewed two other witnesses. The first witness, in Fosston, received a text message from Lockman at 3:30 a.m. May 3, asking them to “get up.” Gunning and Lockman picked the first witness up and the witness observed a gunshot wound on Gunning’s foot, which he said was from a “deal gone bad.”

The second witness was then picked up and the first exited the vehicle. The second witness then drove to Minot with Gunning and Lockman. In Minot, Gunning was taken to the hospital for the gunshot wound. The second witness said Lockman then took them to a car wash to clean blood out of the interior of the vehicle, according to the documents.

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Deputies had put out a nationwide alert for the SUV and were contacted by the Ward County North Dakota Sheriff’s Office. Gunning was arrested at the Minot hospital and Lockman was arrested while arriving at the hospital on May 3.

In a Mirandized statement, Gunning confessed to the aggravated robbery that resulted in a death. He told officials that he took the .22 caliber pistol and his father’s Buick LeSaber and drove to Beltrami County with Lockman and a third suspect.

Gunning alleges he and the third, unnamed suspect planned to rob the residence on Trengrove Road Northwest. He said they intended to threaten him with the firearm, steal drugs, a safe and money. Gunning, Lockman and the third suspect drove to the residence. Gunning and the third suspect rushed inside while Lockman stayed in the car.

Inside, the third suspect brandished a .22 caliber handgun and directed the victim into his bedroom at gunpoint, according to the documents. Gunning told authorities he took illegal controlled substances, a 9mm handgun and a safe. As Gunning was taking the items to the vehicle, he heard a gunshot in the bedroom and then saw the victim face down and bleeding from the back of the head, with the third suspect in possession of the .22 caliber handgun.

They fled the residence and encountered the second victim outside and exchanged gunfire. Gunning said that Lockman then drove them away and traveled north on Jones Townhall Road, where Lockman stopped and the third suspect fled the vehicle. Gunning and Lockman then concealed property taken from the robbery and homicide in the woods off of a dirt road near Jones Townhall Road. They then fled to North Dakota to avoid arrest.

On Monday, May 4, Beltrami County deputies and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension located the stolen property.

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A body was found inside a burning house along Trengrove Road Northwest along with a man nearby suffering from multiple gunshot wounds early Sunday in Grant Valley Township, 10 miles west of Bemidji. When law enforcement officials arrived, they found the house fully engulfed in flames. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)

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A body was found inside a burning house along Trengrove Road Northwest along with a man nearby suffering from multiple gunshot wounds early Sunday in Grant Valley Township, 10 miles west of Bemidji. When law enforcement officials arrived, they found the house fully engulfed in flames. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)

Jillian Gandsey is the Multimedia Editor at the Bemidji Pioneer. She is an Iron Range native and a 2013 graduate of Bemidji State University. Follow Jillian on Twitter and Instagram @jilliangandsey. Contact her at (218) 333-9786, (218) 996-1216 or at jgandsey@bemidjipioneer.com.
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