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The authorities in the suburbs of Cincinnati are trying to determine who is behind the murder of three women and a man, whose bodies were discovered late Sunday night in an apartment.
The West Chester Township Police Department, said Monday that all four had suffered a clear gunshots, and were all adult members of the family.
“At this moment we are active in this case, looking to identify a suspect,” West Chester Township Police Chief Joel Herzog told reporters. “The safety of the community is paramount for us, so we are diligently working to ensure that everyone is safe in the community, but we are trying to identify a suspect at this time.”
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The murders not to be a murder-suicide, according to the police, who added there were multiple shots fired inside.
The police tape cordons off the scene where multiple people were found dead Sunday night, on the shore of the Lake to the West Chester apartment complex in West Chester Township, Ohio.
(Keith Biery Golick/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)
The names of the dead and more details were not released, but the members of a nearby Sikh temple said Monday they believed the victims were members of a family that had worshipped.
“It is really shocking for the community and scary at the same time, because no one knows what happened. Hopefully they can have some justice,” Jasminder Singh told FOX19.
The police search a nearby pond on a scene at an apartment complex Monday, April 29, 2019, in West Chester, Ohio.
(AP Photo/John Minchillo)
The researchers said that the children live in the apartment, but none of them were home at the time of the murders.
A body placed in a Butler County coroner’s Monday, April 29, 2019 after multiple people were found dead on the shore of the Lake at the West Chester apartment complex in West Chester Township, Ohio on Sunday night, police said.
(Cara Owsley/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)
The authorities were contacted after a man identified as a resident of the home called 911 around 10 a.m. on Sunday, saying: he came at our home to four of the family members bleeding.
“They are all down…no one talks, no one talks,” the man is heard saying in a recording of the call to FOX19.
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Several people were found dead in the apartment complex in West Chester, Ohio, where multiple shots were fired, police said Monday. No suspect has been identified.
(AP Photo/John Minchillo)
The police said the man was questioned as a witness, but never taken into custody. Authorities spent Monday searching the apartment complex and a nearby pond for any evidence.
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While officials have yet to disclose a possible motive or suspect in the murder, she urged the community to remain alert for suspicious activity.
“For the inhabitants, diligently, to call the police if you see something or hear something that could help in this investigation,” Herzog said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.