Po­lice prob­ing whether sus­pect knew 7 vic­tims

The News-Times - - NATION/WORLD -

Po­lice on Sun­day raised the death toll at two homes in ru­ral Ten­nessee to seven and said they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether a sus­pect cap­tured af­ter an hours­long man­hunt knew the vic­tims.

Michael Cum­mins, 25, was taken into cus­tody Satur­day night af­ter be­ing shot about a mile away from one of the Sum­ner County crime scenes, said Ten­nessee Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion spokesman Josh DeVine.

Po­lice said of­fi­cers re­spond­ing to a 911 call from a fam­ily mem­ber led to the original dis­cov­ery of four bod­ies and an in­jured per­son at the first home. The in­jured vic­tim was trans­ported to the hos­pi­tal with un­spec­i­fied in­juries. On Sun­day, the TBI said in a state­ment the body of two more vic­tims had been found at the home. An­other body was found Satur­day at an­other home in the area. The TBI be­lieves the two scenes are re­lated. The slay­ings were near the town of West­more­land.

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