Authorities are looking for a man they believe may be armed and dangerous after four people were shot dead Friday at multiple crime scenes in an Ohio neighborhood.
Butler Township police — located near Dayton, Ohio — arrived at the scene around 11:30 a.m. Friday after receiving reports of gunshots.
Officers found multiple crime scenes with four victims suffering gunshot wounds, Chief John Porter told a news conference. All four victims were pronounced dead at the scene by the Butler Township Fire Department.
The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office did not immediately confirm the identities of the victims.
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Police said they were looking for Stephen Marlow, 39, as someone involved in the shooting.
Marlow — who was described by police as a 5-foot-11, 160-pound white male with brown hair — reportedly fled the area in a white 2007 Ford Edge SUV bearing Ohio license plate JES9806. He was last seen wearing shorts and a yellow t-shirt, Porter said.
Porter warned residents to call 911 instead of approaching him “because he is still likely to be armed and dangerous.”
The Butler Township Police Department contacted the Dayton Police Department’s Bomb Squad to ensure there were no other imminent threats in the neighborhood. Police said they do not believe there is an ongoing threat to residents, but will have officers in the area in case he returns.
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Porter said the shooting was “the first violent crime in this neighborhood in recent memory.”
“We are working to determine if there is a motive for this horrific tragedy or if mental illness played a role,” he said.
Marlow had previously been convicted of aggravated burglary and aggravated uttering threats in February 2020 in connection with a 2019 incident in Vandalia, a suburb of Dayton in Montgomery County, Dayton Daily News reported.
Contributor: The Associated Press