8 dead including 5 children in apparent Utah home shooting – NBC Chicago

Eight people, including five children, were found dead of gunshot wounds at a southern Utah home on Wednesday, authorities said, who did not provide further details or a potential motive for the killings.

The victims were found when police conducted a wellness check at the residence, according to a statement from city officials in Enoch, a small town of about 8,000 people 394 kilometers south of Salt Lake. City.

Police said they did not detect any threats to the public.

Enoch Town Manager Rob Dotson said the community was shaken by news of the eight bodies and the deceased – all members of one family – were well known in the southern town. Utah.

“Many of us served with them in church, in the community and went to school with these people,” Dotson said in a video statement Wednesday night.

“This community right now is suffering. They feel loss, they feel pain and they have a lot of questions,” Dotson added, noting that officials plan to release more information as it becomes available and the police investigation progresses. .

Wellness checks based on calls to the police department like the one that took them to the residence where the bodies were found are routine when individuals aren’t seen for long periods of time, Dotson said.

All five children attended schools in the Iron County School District, officials said in a letter sent to parents.

Enoch, off Interstate 15 in rural Utah just north of the town of Cedar City and about 80 miles (128 kilometers) west of Bryce Canyon National Park, experienced major flooding in 2021 which caused damage to hundreds of homes.

Utah Governor Spencer Cox offered his condolences in a tweet Wednesday night.

President Joe Biden spoke at the 10th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence on Wednesday night, calling on lawmakers to pass tougher gun measures and ban assault weapons .

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