SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Eight members of the family, 5 of them youngsters, have been discovered lifeless from gunshot wounds in a southern Utah dwelling Wednesday, based on authorities who didn’t present extra particulars or a possible motive for the killings.
The victims have been discovered when police did a welfare test on the residence, based on a press release by metropolis officers in Enoch, a small city of about 8,000 folks positioned 245 miles (394 kilometers) south of Salt Lake Metropolis.
Police stated they didn’t detect any menace to the general public.
Enoch Metropolis Supervisor Rob Dotson stated the neighborhood was despatched reeling by information of the eight our bodies and that the deceased — all members of 1 household — have been well-known within the southern Utah city.
“Many people have served with them in church, locally and gone to high school with these people,” Dotson stated in a video assertion Wednesday evening.
“This neighborhood at the moment is hurting. They’re feeling loss, they’re feeling ache they usually have loads of questions,” Dotson added, noting that officers deliberate on releasing extra data because it turns into obtainable and the police investigation progresses.
“We received’t know the mindsets, the ideas of the people who skilled this tragedy, however all of us can pray that their households and the neighbors and all will come to an understanding of what occurred on this place, most likely in a day or two, or perhaps longer,” stated Dotson, choking up at one level.
Welfare checks based mostly on calls to the police division just like the one which led them to the residence the place the our bodies have been discovered are routine when people usually are not seen for prolonged intervals of time, Dotson stated.
The 5 youngsters attended faculties within the Iron County Faculty District, officers stated in a letter despatched to oldsters.
Enoch, off Interstate 15 in rural Utah, simply north of the town of Cedar Metropolis and about 80 miles (128 kilometers) west of Bryce Canyon Nationwide Park, had main flooding in 2021 that brought on injury at lots of of houses.
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox supplied condolences in a tweet Wednesday evening.