In the latest update of today's Ohio mass shooting which left eight members of the same family dead in four different locations, the Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader described the shootings as “execution-style” in a statement Friday afternoon.
“This is not an active shooter situation, however no arrests have been made,” the statement read. “The investigation is in its very early states, and authorities are still investigating to determine a motive, identify the deceased, and determine if the gunman is among the deceased individuals or on the loose.”
The preliminary indications are that none of the shooting deaths were a suicide, and it is increasingly likely that the shooter is not among the deceased, DeWine told WLW’s Bill Cunningham. Some very young children, including one or two babies, were removed from the four home
The shooter or shooters “may still be on the loose,” he said, adding that any remaining family members should be cautious. "We’ve never had anything like this," DeWine said.
Aerial video and photos show numerous law enforcement vehicles in the area.
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In the latest mass shooting event which takes place just two weeks after an armed gundman killed two at a San Antonio air force base, Fox reports that a shooter is on the loose after at least seven people, some of them children, were killed at three different crime scenes in southern Ohio Friday, local news agencies report.
One of the scenes is a home east of Peebles in Pike County. Ohio's Bureau of Criminal Investigation sent more than a dozen agents to investigate, officials tell Fox 28 in Columbus.
Authorities are searching for the suspect, according to WKRC.
Sources tell the news station investigators don't believe the attacks were random. All seven people who died were family members, according to WKRC.
The attorney general's office confirmed "multiple homicides" but refused to release additional information, WBNS reported.
“The mail carrier told me there’s something seriously bad going on up the road," nearby resident Goldie Holderbran told WCPO. "I’m on the other side of [highway] 32 on Union Hill Road. I’m not very far." The Pike County Sheriff's Office has reportedly called for investigators from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Peebles High School is on a "lockout" as a precaution, meaning that classes will continue but no one is allowed to come or go. The high school is about 10 miles from the shooting scene.
The attorney general's office says a dozen Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents have been called to Pike County. Spokesman Dan Tierney says the Pike County sheriff's office requested state help at 8:20 a.m. Friday.
A crime scene search unit and cyber-crimes unit were also called to the scene. The home is located on Union Hill Road in Pike County, just east of the town of Peebles and about 75 miles east of Cincinnati.
Pike County Sheriff has called for state BCI investigators. Shooter is still at large in the area near Union Hill rd. 7 fame members dead.— Rich Jaffe (@RAJaffe) April 22, 2016