Eight members of the same family were shot in “execution-style killings” in four homes along a rural road in Ohio, law enforcement officials said on Friday.
Seven adults and one child were killed on Union Hill Road in Pike County, about 70 miles east of Cincinnati.
Three children, including an infant who is less than a week old, survived.
Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader identified the victims as members of the Rohden family.
Police arrived on the scene shortly after 8:30 a.m. local time.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Sheriff Reader said in a joint statement that while no arrests have been made in the killings, “this is not an active shooter situation.”
“The investigation is in its very early stages, and authorities are still investigating to determine a motive,” the statement read in part, according to WHIO.
Asked about possible suspects, DeWine told a news conference: “We don’t know whether we’re talking about one individual, or two, or three, or more.”
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“Reports we are receiving from Peebles are tragic beyond comprehension,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a 2016 Republican presidential candidate, said on Twitter, referring to a village in the state. “We’ll continue to monitor this closely and the state will work w/ local law enforcement however we can.”
The Chillicothe Gazette newspaper showed a picture of three ambulances lined up along a wooded and rural road. It said there were multiple crime scenes, citing a sheriff’s office.