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The authorities said Sunday that the seven bodies were discovered at two homes in rural Tennessee, six of them in one location.
The bodies were found as investigators continue to process of two homes in Westmoreland where the alleged murders took place, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) said.
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Michael Cummins, 25, was shot and arrested Saturday night after an hours-long manhunt at about one kilometer away from one of the crime scenes, according to the officials.
Investigators said Saturday that the police respond to a 911 call found four bodies and an injured person in a house and the fifth body in a different house. On Sunday, the agency said that two bodies were discovered in the first house.
The authorities are working to identify the victims. The Tennessean newspaper reported that a 12-year-old girl was among the dead, and that many of the victims are relatives of the defendant.
Michael Cummins, 25, was arrested on Saturday after investigators found a number of bodies in two separate homes in Westmoreland, Tennessee.<br data-cke-eol=”1″>
(Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)
The injured victim was in critical condition Sunday evening.
“I’ve been district attorney since 1980, and I’ve never seen anything close to this,” Sumner County District Attorney Ray Whitley told The Tennessean. “Everyone is shocked and angry about it. It is something very, very difficult to understand.”
The TBI is of the opinion that the scenes in the two houses in Sumner County are related, but have not released more information about the shootings or what type of weapon was used.
TBI spokesman Josh DeVine told The Associated Press on Saturday that at least one officer fired at Cummins after he emerged from the woods, where he is believed to have produced multiple weapons, and the situation escalated.
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He was then transferred to a hospital for treatment of injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening, DeVine says. None of the participating officers were injured during the incident.
The Tennessean reported that Cummings has a long criminal history and was most recently pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated arson and aggravated assault in July of last year. He also pleaded guilty to domestic assault in August 2017, as well as against theft and evading arrest in April of that year.
Westmoreland is located near the Kentucky border, approximately 40 miles northeast of Nashville.
Fox News’ Elizabeth Zwirz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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