SCOTLAND, S.D. — A Scotland, South Dakota, man accused of killing three and seriously injuring two others — including a 5-year-old child — at his ex-girlfriend’s home Tuesday evening, Nov. 9, has kept quiet, authorities say, leaving investigators to piece together what happened.
Francis Lange, 42, is facing three counts of first degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of commission of a felony with a firearm in Tuesday’s shooting, in which authorities say he shot five people.
Authorities in Bon Homme County were called to the 700 block of Second Street in Scotland shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday after a woman called 911 to report that her mother-in-law had been shot. The caller also said she believed a male was shot.
When first responders arrived on scene, they found three unresponsive individuals. Two displayed no signs of life at the scene, and a third was transported to a Scotland hospital.
Librado and Angela Monclova were pronounced dead at the scene. Diane Akins was taken to a Scotland hospital, where she later died. The ages of the victims were not immediately available.
A man told law enforcement he went into the house after receiving a phone call that a shooting occurred involving his mother. The man went to the scene and found Librado on the couch and believed he was dead. He also found Akins on the floor of the living room and “thought she wasn’t doing good.”
He told police he heard crying coming from another room in the house, where he found a 5-year-old child who had suffered injuries consistent with a gunshot wound. The child was “wet,” and allegedly made a comment about “Frankie” and being shot. The son of the living victim took the child and ran from the home to safety.
The child and the other living victim, known in this story as the third party's mother, were airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital for “serious, life-threatening injuries that require extensive medical treatment.”
Past police service leads to murder weapon recovery
As the son of the living victim gave his account to authorities, a Bon Homme County Deputy recalled a domestic violence incident from months prior where he separated Lange and his then-girlfriend, Angela Monclova.
The deputy remembered transporting Lange to his father’s house in Scotland, though no charge was filed against either party.
Authorities made their way to Lange’s father’s house in the 200 block of Third Street. Lange’s father told deputies that Lange was in a back bedroom of the home. After calling for Lange to surrender, he was taken into custody without further incident, less than an hour after the shooting had first been reported.
Lange’s father told police that Lange owned a Taurus handgun, something he considered to be Lange's “pride and joy.”
An arrest affidavit says police located 9-millimeter pistol shell casings, cartridges and a handgun magazine on the floor of the home where the shooting occurred. Outside the home, they located a handgun holster.
Police believed Lange left the scene for his father’s house on foot. Lange allegedly commented that he disposed of the firearm “not far” from the scene.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol deployed a police service dog, which located a Taurus G3C 9-millimeter semi-automatic handgun — with a magazine inserted into the magazine well — approximately one-half block north of the scene.
A search warrant executed on Lange’s father’s house found a box for a Taurus handgun under Lange’s bed. The serial number on the box matched that of the handgun.
Lange allegedly told authorities that he lived with his father, and confirmed that he used to be in a relationship with Monclova. He did not reveal any information that could suggest a possible motive for the shooting.