Three peo­ple killed, 8-year-old boy found

Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL & STATE -

Dozens of po­lice from sev­eral agen­cies are con­duct­ing a man­hunt for a gun­man be­lieved to be re­spon­si­ble for the killing of three peo­ple and stab­bing of another Wed­nes­day night.

The area just north of Ironton, about 110 miles south of Colum­bus in south­ern Ohio, is sur­rounded by the Wayne Na­tional For­est.

The As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported the Lawrence County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice said deputies were called to an El­iz­a­beth Township trailer around 7:30 p.m. where three adults were found dead. A fourth adult was found stabbed at a nearby res­i­dence and was flown to a Hunt­ing­ton, West Vir­ginia hospi­tal.

Au­thor­i­ties also had been search­ing for 8-year-old Devin Hol­ston, who was miss­ing from the crime scene. The boy was lo­cated and the alert can­celed, ac­cord­ing to the Ohio At­tor­ney Gen­eral’s of­fice. His con­di­tion was not im­me­di­ately known.

The Sher­iff ’s Of­fice said they are look­ing for 23-yearold Aaron Law­son, who ran into woods af­ter crash­ing a pickup truck dur­ing a pur­suit by deputies early Thurs­day.

None of the dead or in­jured has been iden­ti­fied. The Sher­iff ’s Of­fice says re­leas­ing fur­ther in­for­ma­tion would com­pro­mise the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Those who say they know the vic­tims have been in shock at the news and wor­ried about their own safety.

“I sat up all night with a pis­tol,” said one man who didn’t want to be named. “If he’s look­ing to get out of town, this is the fastest car in town,” he said, point­ing to his high-per­for­mance Chevy Ca­maro.

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