Attempted murder, then suicide at Sierra Tract
A 36-year-old South Lake Tahoe man killed himself Monday night, after forcing his way into the home of his estranged girlfriend and shooting her in the head.
The 43-year-old woman, Lori Ranallette, was transported to Washoe Medical Center in Reno, where she was listed in serious but stable condition, according to hospital spokesman John Wheeler.
After shooting Ranallette, William Orourke turned his .357-caliber Magnum on himself shortly after 9:30 p.m. in the living room of the Sierra Tract home.
Ranallette, who was rendered unconscious by the gunshot wound, woke up and fled on foot to a neighbor’s home. South Lake Tahoe police arrived at the home on the 2700 block of Knox Ave., at 9:41 p.m. Orourke was pronounced dead at the scene.
Orourke and Ranallette had an ongoing relationship which had become violent, according to Detective Martin Hewlett.
Ranallette was assaulted May 25, 1999 by Orourke, according to Detective Don Atkinson of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, who said Orourke shoved Ranallette to the ground after she slapped him during an argument.
Police unsuccessfully attempted to serve Orourke a restraining order sought by Ranallette early Monday evening. Police believed Orourke was dangerous and had access to weapons, Hewlett said.
Orourke lived alone in a cabin across the street from Ranallette, and had no children. A neighbor said he had lived there for two years, and that he worked as a carpenter.
Ranallette has a 21-year-old daughter who lives in South Lake Tahoe, and a son who said he was down the street when his mother was attacked.
The son refused to give his name or be interviewed. Smoking a cigarette in the snow in front of his mother’s house Tuesday morning, he told a neighbor Ranallette would survive because of her strength.
Another neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “I have just been numb all day,” he said. “They are both good people. Will was a really good guy. He had everything going for him.”
The neighbor said he never saw any signs of violence between Orourke and Ranallette.
“I had no idea that could happen. If I had known, I would have done anything to prevent it,” he said.
According to the neighbor, Orourke was always willing to help others.
“This has been really hard for me because I liked him a lot. He was a good friend,” the neighbor said.
Neighbors have been caring for Orourke’s dog, a white Malamute named Timber, who was wandering on a long tether in his yard Tuesday. Orourke’s parents are traveling from Brisbane, Calif., to settle their son’s affairs.
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