Several people were found dead Friday at multiple crime scenes in rural Ohio, and at least most of them were shot to death, authorities said. No arrests had been announced, and it's unclear if the killer or killers are among the dead.
Several people were found dead Friday at multiple crime scenes in rural Ohio, and at least most of them were shot to death, authorities said. No arrests had been announced, and it's unclear if the killer or killers are among the dead. Lisa Marie Miller - The Columbus Dispatch via AP

Eight dead including two children in execution style killing

AT LEAST eight people are dead, among them two children, after a series of execution-style" shootings in Ohio.

Police said the situation no longer involved an "active shooter" and there was speculation the gunman was among the dead.

Reports said that seven of the dead appeared to be members of the same family and had been killed at three different homes in Pike County, eighty miles from the city of Columbus, on Friday morning. An eighth body was subsequently found at another address.

The dead include five adults and two juveniles, said Dan Tierney, spokesman for Ohio's state attorney general's office. At least two babies and several children survived.

Attorney General Mike DeWine told local radio station WLW: "We just within the last few minutes discovered another body in another house, so that takes us up to four houses with now a total of eight bodies so far."

Of the children found alive at the main site, Mr DeWine said: "Some of them were very, very young. You had at least one or two babies."

Authorities have not identified those killed, but neighbours and relatives said the area closed off by police was occupied by a large family split among three different trailers, the Associated Press reported.

"It was a mother, her former husband, their grown children and some grandchildren, too. They all used to attend our church," said Phil Fulton, pastor of the nearby Union Hill Community Church.

The mother worked at a nursing home for the elderly, he said. She had just bought a new mobile home near the two existing trailers occupied by her ex-husband and her son, Mr Fulton said. All three trailers are less than a mile apart.

"They were very good people," a relative of the woman, who did not want to be identified, told the Washington Post. "She was so good with her kids and her grandbaby. We're just brokenhearted."

Ohio Governor John Kasich called the reports "tragic beyond comprehension".

The FBI in Cincinnati confirmed it had offered help to the Pike County Sheriff's Office. Adams County Ohio Valley Schools briefly went on lockdown after the discovery of the bodies was reported.



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