PENSACOLA, Florida (WALA) - FOX10 News has learned more about the double homicide in that happened Monday in Escambia County. The sheriff's department confirms that there was another woman in the home when the shootings happened. We've also learned more about the victims.
Deputies were called out to the 7100 Pearson Road after neighbors heard shots fired early Monday morning. When they arrived, they found 32-year-old Raquel White and 36-year-old Melanie Lancto dead on the scene.
The Escambia County Sheriff's Department is now saying there were two children, ages six and 10, and another adult female present at the time the two women were shot to death. Investigators later spoke with them.
"They were unharmed," said sheriff's spokesperson Ted Roy. "They of course spoke with them. There was another surviving female. That's what we're calling her right now, she was in the house. We spoke with her and that's where they're at right now."
Sheriff's officials won't say if those two children witnessed the shootings inside the home. They did say that Child Protective Services has given custody of the kids over to their grandparents. Roy said he believes the children's mother was the third adult in the home, but isn't releasing her name.
"If this was a home invasion, then we're not going to release her identity obviously because if she's the sole surviving victim of a home invasion, then why would we want to let the bad guys know where she's at?" explained Roy.
We also know more about the women who were shot. White had a criminal history dating back to 1996 and actually had a warrant for her arrest at the time of her death. It was for failure to appear in court on grand theft auto charges. Lancto had multiple felony drug charges along with grand theft auto and child neglect on her record. Sgt. Roy said detectives commonly look at victim's past criminal histories to help in their investigations.
"You always go back in the past to find out what may happen in the present and what may happen in the future, but I don't know if that's weighing heavily on the investigation right now," Roy said.
Investigators continued to interview neighbors on Tuesday and will only say that the investigation is starting to come together for them. They have still not named any suspects in the murders. If you have any information that can help find the killers, you're asked to call the Escambia County Sheriff's Office at 850-436-9630.
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