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At least 2 dead in shooting in Butler Township

BUTLER TWP, Ohio (WDTN) – Four people were fatally shot in a neighborhood of Butler Township near Dayton, Ohio on Friday morning.

Police were called to the 7200 block of Hardwicke Place around 11:30 a.m. to reports of gunfire.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found a total of four victims at multiple crime scenes with gunshot wounds, Butler Township Police Chief John Porter said. All four victims died at the scene.

The victims have been identified as Clyde Knox, 82, Eva Knox, 78, Sarah Anderson, 41, and a 15-year-old woman.

According to a family member at the scene, officers found two of the victims dead at a house in Hardwicke Place. The two would be a mother and her 15-year-old daughter. Neighbors in the area said the other two victims of the shooting were an older couple.

The FBI and the police are looking for someone interested in the shooting.

The person is Stephen Alexander Marlow, 39. He is described as 5ft 11in tall and weighing 160lbs with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing shorts and a yellow t-shirt.

His vehicle is a white 2007 Ford Edge SUV with the license plate number JES 9806.

  • At least 2 dead in shooting in Butler Township

If anyone sees Marlow, they are encouraged to call 911 immediately and not approach him, as he is considered armed and dangerous. Police believe he may have fled Ohio.

Porter said police do not believe there is an ongoing threat to the community, however, crews will continue to monitor the area in case Marlow returns. The Dayton Police Bomb Team was also called in to ensure there are no other threats to neighborhood safety.

“This is the first violent crime in the neighborhood in recent memory. We ask anyone with possible information regarding this incident or Marlow’s whereabouts to call our dispatch center at 937-233-2080,” he said. “We are working to determine if there was a motive for this horrific tragedy or if mental illness played a role.”

2 NEWS spoke to Marlene Lorten, who grew up in the neighborhood. She and others in the area said it was generally a quiet and friendly place, so the shooting is particularly shocking.

“It’s a tragic thing and I never thought it would happen here in Butler Township,” Lorten said. “I mean. I just can’t believe it.

The loss of the four people hits the neighborhood where everyone knows each other particularly hard. “We will miss them very, very much, I know that.” said Lorten.

Stay with 2 NEWS as this story develops.


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