A mother and her three children were found dead of gunshot wounds Friday in Michigan, police say.
The Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office announced on its Facebook page Monday that it was investigating the incident, giving details of the shooting.
The victims were named Dawn Gillard, 40-year-old mother, Katelynn Gillard, 6, Ronald Gillard, 4, and Joshua Gillard, 3.
The shooting took place at their home on 180th Avenue south of Johnson Road in Austin Township on Friday afternoon.
Police also said at this point they believe the father and husband, a 51-year-old man, was the shooter, but are not currently releasing his identity.
“[The] 51-year-old man, who allegedly turned the gun on himself, [has] a gunshot wound to the head,” the press release read.
“The man was transported to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital, then transferred to Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, before being transferred to University of Michigan Hospital, where he continues to be in critical condition due to his injuries.”
Authorities said there was no clear indication of what led to the shooting and it was still under investigation.
“The Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office will forward the report to the Mecosta District Attorney’s Office for review of the charges against [the] man in connection with the actions that led to the four deaths,” the press release continued.
“The man’s name is withheld until he is arrested and formally charged. In the near future, information will be limited so as not to jeopardize future criminal proceedings and out of respect for the family. “
The press release ended by calling on anyone with information to contact his detective, Sergeant Mike Mohr at (231) 592-0150.
Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer has previously called gun violence a public health crisis, following an Oxford high school shooting in 2021.
She said there had to be “actions” beyond “thoughts and prayers”, but gave no details.
Whitmer has backed a measure in the past that would allow judges to order firearms taken away from people who pose a high risk to themselves or others.
On social media, she also acknowledged the concerns of people who argue that gun control would quickly impede an individual’s right to bear arms.
“The gun lobby has sold the American people a false narrative that you have to choose one of two sides when it comes to gun laws,” she tweeted in 2019.
“The reality is that we can both recognize our 2nd Amendment rights AND work to prevent gun violence.
“I said our policy in Michigan doesn’t have to be like Washington DC.
“This also goes for gun violence prevention work, we can come together, stand up for gun violence prevention and stand up for responsible gun owners, to keep our communities safe.”
Newsweek contacted the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office for comment.