Eight members of the same family, including five children, were found dead of gunshot wounds in a house in southern Utah.
The victims were found by police who came to check on their well-being, according to a statement from city officials in Enoch, a town of about 8,000 people located 394 km south of Salt Lake City.
Police said they did not consider there to be a threat to the public.
Rob Dotson, the city manager of Enoch, said the community was in shock. The family was well known in the city.
“Many of us served with them in church, in the community and had gone to school with these people,” Dotson said Wednesday night. “This community right now is suffering. They feel loss, they feel pain, and they have a lot of questions.
Dotson said officials would release more information as 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, visibly emotional at one point.
Wellness checks are common when people have not been seen for long periods of time.
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 Cedar City and about 80 miles west of Bryce Canyon National Park, suffered severe flooding in 2021 that damaged hundreds of houses.
Utah Governor Spencer Cox tweeted his condolences Wednesday night.