8 people found shot dead in Utah home, including 5 children

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Eight family members, including five children, were found dead Wednesday from gunshot wounds in a southern Utah home, authorities said, who did not provide further details. nor a potential motive for the murders.

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. .

“We won’t know the mentalities, the thoughts of the people who lived through this tragedy, but we can all pray that their families and neighbors and all will come to understand what happened in this place, probably in a day or so. two. , or maybe longer,” Dotson said, choking up at one point.

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.


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