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The deaths of 4 people, including 2 children, in Romeoville were murder; the killer is not among the victims – NBC Chicago

Romeoville police during a news conference Monday revealed more details about what they believe to be a murder after officers conducting a well-being check at a residence Sunday evening found two adults and two children had been shot.

According to police, around 8:43 p.m. Sunday, officers were called to the 500 block of Concord Avenue in Romeoville for a wellness check.

“A family member did not report to work at 6 a.m. on Sunday, September 17,” Romeoville Police Department Deputy Chief Chris Burne said during Monday’s update. Burne added that the family member did not answer phone calls throughout the day, adding to his concern.

When officers arrived, they found four deceased people with gunshot wounds, Burne said.

The two adult victims were identified as Roberto Rolon and Zarida Bartolomei. The identities of their two children, who were also found deceased, have not been released.

Three dogs inside the home were also found shot, Burne said.

According to Burne, the department is investigating the incident as a homicide.

“We do not believe the offender is currently one of the victims,” Burne said. “It’s not a murder-suicide.”

Burne added that the department is “not actively searching” for suspects in the area and is not asking residents to shelter in place.

“There is no ongoing threat due to the amount of time that has passed; over 18 hours from the time we were contacted,” Burne said.

According to authorities, the incident occurred between 9 p.m. Saturday and 5 a.m. Sunday morning, and the investigation is continuing.

“The investigation is in its early stages,” Burne said, adding that police are not expected to make further updates Monday “due to the sensitivity of the matter and to maintain the integrity of the investigation”.

Romeoville, in Will County, is located about 30 miles southwest of Chicago.

No further details were immediately available. This is a developing story that will be updated.

NBC Chicago

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