“Everyone knows that family, you can’t not know that family”, she said.
He said they have not determined how many shooters were involved, but said there does not appear to be a threat to the community.
Officials have identified the eight victims killed in multiple shootings in Pike County on Friday.
The victims were “all adults except for a male juvenile” who was 16 years old, he said, and all members of a single family.
One of the victims, a new mother who was sleeping in bed with her 4-day-old baby was shot in the head and killed. A 4 day old, a 3 year old and a 6 month old survived.
An eighth body was found later Friday afternoon at a fourth location, Tierney said, but he declined to specify the location and whether the eighth fatality was an adult or child.
The four scenes spanned out across a 10-minute drive.
DeWine has deployed dozens of state investigators to bolster local security in the area. DeWine says it is not an active-shooter situation.
The sheriff’s office was notified about 7:53 a.m. Friday that two bodies were found at a bloody scene, Reader said.
The victims were all members of the Rhoden family, police said Friday.
Investigators said that none of the deaths appeared self-inflicted and that they believed at least one assailant remained at large, considered armed and risky. “The investigation is in its very early stages, and authorities are still investigating to determine a motive, identify the deceased, and determine if the gunman is among the deceased individuals or on the loose”.
“This is a awful frightful tragedy”, DeWine said on WLW. When police responded to the incident, people sent them to two other crime scenes, all on the same road.
Two 911 recordings in connection with eight people killed in Pike County have been released.
Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader said at least three young children survived. Some of those questioned were from Chillicothe, some 40 miles northeast of where the shootings took place in Piketon.
Kendra Jordan, 20, said she often worked nights at a nursing home with the mother of the newborn and described her as outgoing, amusing and always smiling.
“I think my brother-in-law’s dead”, she said (via ABC News), adding that it looked like someone had “beat the c**p out of them”.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who was in Pennsylvania for his presidential campaign, said his office was monitoring the situation. “The door was locked when we got here, but I knew where the key was at and they were in there laying on the floor”. I’ve given the family precautionary measures to make. We are following the procedures suggested by Sheriff Reader. The family also expressed thanks for the law enforcement response and asked anyone with information relevant to the investigation to come forward.
Officials still have no one in custody in the killings, which happened in Piketon, a rural town east of Cincinnati.
The shooting left some people on edge in and around Pike County, an economically distressed area that’s home to about 28,000 people and a shuttered Cold War-era uranium plant whose cleanup provides hundreds of local jobs.