At least five people were found dead from a shooting on Monday inside a West Jefferson home, Ohio, a suburb of the state’s capital and largest city, Columbus, according to local media.
Two Columbus-based television stations reported that at least three people were found fatally shot inside a building, with more victims discovered dead outside at the same location, though a precise number of casualties was not immediately confirmed.
Both TV stations, WSYX and WCMH, cited West Jefferson Police Chief Chris Floyd as the source of their information.
WCMH said the crime scene was a home in West Jefferson, a town of about 4,000 residents about 15 miles west of Columbus.
“Things like this don’t happen in West Jefferson, or don’t happen in small towns,” Floyd said, adding he didn’t know when the last homicide in the city was, saying it was at least seven years ago, NBC reported.
Police responding to the incident were alerted to the shooting by a passerby who called emergency-911, according to WSYX. Officers arriving secured the scene and began looking for a suspect and evidence, the station reported.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office were reportedly assisting West Jefferson police in the investigation.
“Anything that didn’t look right could be the clue we need,” Floyd added.
No details were released on any possible suspects, and the motive was not immediately clear.
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