“They should definitely make sure their doors are locked,” Manhunt continues in Luther

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LUTHER, Okla. - Local police are stepping up patrols and security procedures as they search for a man accused of murder.

Michael Vance is wanted for killing a Luther couple and shooting a pair of police officers and two other people.

Luther schools sat on partial lockdown as authorities traced Vance's cell phone to within 10 miles of the area.

Teachers stood by the doors, and students were not allowed to leave the building.

Police officers stood by as school buses pulled up to take kids home for the day.

"They were scared the guy was going to come to the school," said Chandlor Ballard, a high school junior. "A bunch of kids were checked out and sent home."

It was one glimpse of the stepped up security in Luther, where the police presence was noticeable.

Instead of one officer on patrol, the department had four.

Plus, it enlisted help from local sheriff's offices and the Office of Highway Patrol.

"He doesn't have a regard for the people," said LPD Sgt. Michael Oliver. "Nothing's stopping him. He has a mentality that he's going to go on this path and nothing's going to be able to stop him."

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Plus, Oliver said Vance knows the area and has family nearby.

There are reports of a "hit list" with names and specific targets.

Monday afternoon, police responded to a report of a man with an AK-47-style gun at the scene of the murder.

Instead, it was the family of the murder victims, preparing in case the suspect returned.

"Their concern is that he's going to show back up to the house, so they were just making sure that they were prepared in case he came back," Oliver said. "They should definitely make sure their doors are locked and everything, just on the off-chance he does come back this way."

The Luther community meanwhile is equally shocked and nervous, following the deaths of Ronald and Kay Wilkson.

"It hits pretty close to home when folks you know get killed in their own home," said Mike Coates. "Everybody's keeping their doors locked and their eyes open. It's been quite an ordeal. There's quite a bit of tension knowing he's still out there."

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