The Washington Post

Police: Man shot 3, himself at state park

- — Timothy Bella

Three people were killed in an early-morning shooting at an Iowa state park on Friday before the apparent gunman killed himself, according to authoritie­s.

Mike Krapfl, special agent in charge of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigat­ion, said authoritie­s responded to reports of a shooting at the Maquoketa Caves State Park Campground in eastern Iowa shortly before 6:30 a.m. When officers arrived, they found three people fatally shot in a tent at the campground, officials said. Authoritie­s have not released the names of the victims or a motive for the killings.

The three victims were related, division assistant director Mitch Mortvedt told the Associated Press.

As officials searched the 370acre state park, Krapfl said they found the body of a camper with a self-inflicted gunshot wound who they believe was the gunman. Authoritie­s identified him as Anthony Sherwin, a 23year-old from Nebraska.

Officials noted there is no ongoing threat to the public. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources announced the park has been shut down.

The campground, including a children’s camp, was evacuated early Friday.

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