At least eight family members including a teenager were “shot in the head “in what appeared to be “execution-style killings” on Friday across four different locations in Pike County, Ohio.
All eight victims are believed to be seven adults and one 16-year-old were”shot in the head.” Seven of the victims were found in three homes on the same road in Peebles, said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader in a news conference this afternoon.
The victims were “all adults except for a male juvenile” who was 16 years old, he said, adding that all were members of a single family. The authorities gave no possible motive. And, with at least one suspected gunman still on the loose, no arrests have been made.
“Each one of the victims appears to have been executed, each one of the victims appears to have been shot in the head,” Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said.
“The preliminary determination has been made that none of the individuals committed suicide,” he added, saying the shooter or shooters “are still at large. We do not know their location.”
Several victims were in bed when they were shot, Reader said. Two babies- one aged four days, the other six months- and a three-year-old child survived the shootings, he added. The first and fourth crime scenes are separated by 30 miles (50 kilometers), the sheriff’s office said.
Earlier, DeWine and Reader said in a joint statement that the first seven victims had been found “in three Union Hill Road homes in Pike County,” a rural community about 80 miles east of Cincinnati.
There was no “active shooter,” they said.