Business owner, stepson killed inside Lenexa home - KCTV5

Business owner, stepson killed inside Lenexa home

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The owner of an industrial refrigeration company and his stepson have been identified as the two men killed inside a Lenexa home this week.

A third man who was shot in the stomach is recovering at an area hospital. The man who survived the shooting called 911 at 10:08 p.m. Wednesday.

Friday morning, authorities identified those killed as Clifford E. Preston, 79, and Brian S. Baskind, 47. Friends and co-workers knew him as Brian Baskin.

"It's very tough on them as you can imagine," Lenexa police spokesman Dan Friesen said about the pain loved ones are enduring from their loss.

Preston was chairman of the board for Preston Refrigeration.

He began working at the company in Arkansas when he was 16 years old. His Facebook page indicates he got a conceal-and-carry license in 2010. 

Baskind worked at Aristocrat Motors and Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City.

The families of the men asked for privacy.

"The family, as you might expect, is in shock and grieving, and have no explanation for the tragic events that have occurred. We trust that the police are doing everything in their power to investigate what happened and why," the statement from the families said.

Officials at the refrigeration company declined comment.

Authorities have interviewed the survivor of the shooting, but are declining to say what he said. They said the man is a victim and not a suspect.

"He has given us some information but as far as putting closure to this case we have not done that yet," Friesen said.

Police say it was a double homicide and was not a murder-suicide because none of the wounds appear to be self-inflicted.

 "At the present time, the relationship between the three individuals is unknown," Lenexa police said in a news release Friday morning.

They also have said they are not looking for a gunman but say they cannot rule out a fourth person being involved.

"When we say that, we mean we have no immediate knowledge of people or persons running around that are a danger to the public," Friesen said.

It is a complicated investigation with few answers, police say.

"Investigators have been checking out leads so far nothing has turned up to help us along with this case," Friesen said.

Investigators could stay on the scene through the weekend to process evidence.

The shooting has rattled the quiet, crime-free neighborhood.

If you have any information, call Lenexa police at 913-477-7300 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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