Four slain at family gathering
MIAMI: Four people, including a child in bed, were shot to death during a family Thanksgiving gathering and a manhunt was under way in Florida yesterday for a male relative suspected in the slayings.
Police said that 17 relatives were in the house when the shootings were reported at about 10pm on Thursday in Jupiter, north of Miami.
Police Sergeant Scott Pascarella said they were looking for Paul Michael Merhige, 35, who is a cousin of the six-year-old victim, McKayla Sitton. Police identified the others killed as Raymonde Joseph, 76, and 33year-old twin sisters Carla and Lisa Merhige. The two women were the suspect’s sisters.
Authorities said a fifth victim, Patrick McKnight, was being treated in hospital. His condition was not known.
“What led to this incident, we’re not quite sure,” Pascarella said.
Police said the home was owned by Jim Sitton, a photojour nalist for WPTV-TV and father of the little girl killed. Sitton said his daughter was in bed when she was shot. He was at the party at the time of the shooting but was not wounded.
Sitton said his daughter was supposed to perform yesterday in a holiday production of The Nutcracker. – Sapa-AP