Philippine Daily Inquirer

8 relatives in Ohio shot in the head

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PIKETON, Ohio—Eight members of a family, including a mother sleeping in a bed with her four-day-old baby next to her, were fatally shot in the head on Friday, leaving their rural town reeling while a search was launched for whoever’s responsibl­e.

Three children, including the newborn, survived the grisly killings, which left seven adults and a teenage boy dead in four homes in Pike County, said Attorney General Mike DeWine and County Sheriff Charles Reader. The economical­ly distressed county in the Appalachia­n Mountain region has 28,000 residents and is 130 miles east of Cincinnati.

DeWine said there were no indication­s any of the dead killed themselves, and Reader said if the shooter or shooters were at large, they should be considered armed and “extremely dangerous.”

“There may be more than one, there may be three. We just don’t know at this point,” DeWine said.

Some of the victims were in bed, indicating they were shot while they were sleeping, authoritie­s said. The victims were identified as members of the Rhoden family, but their names weren’t released.

“It’s heartbreak­ing,” DeWine said. “The one mom was killed in her bed with the four-day-old right there.” Besides the infant, a six-month-old and 3-year-old also survived unhurt, authoritie­s said.

Law enforcemen­t officials said they met with relatives of the victims at a church on Friday night and death notificati­ons were being made to other relatives. They said more than 30 people had been interviewe­d as part of their investigat­ion.

A motive isn’t clear, authoritie­s said, but they urged other members of the Rhoden family to take precaution­s. Authoritie­s said it appeared that the family was targeted and that there was no specific threat to the community, but Reader advised area residents to lock their doors and stay alert on Friday night.

 ?? AP ?? AERIAL photo shows one of four locations being investigat­ed in Pike County, Ohio, where seven adult members of a family and a teenage boy were killed.
AP AERIAL photo shows one of four locations being investigat­ed in Pike County, Ohio, where seven adult members of a family and a teenage boy were killed.

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