At least eight people, believed to have been members of the same family, have been shot and killed, in the US state of Ohio.
At least eight people have been killed in “execution-style” killings in four separate homes in rural Ohio.
It is believed the victims – seven adults and one teenager – are from the same family, the state’s attorney general said in a statement. Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader named them as being members of the Rhoden family.
They were all shot in the head and police are still searching for the attacker, or attackers.
More than a dozen officials from multiple agencies were sent to crime scenes in Piketon, south of Columbus.
A pastor at the scene said the violence may have been the result of a “domestic situation”.
They were all found in homes along Union Hill Road in Pike County. The Pike County Sheriff said there are four active crime scenes spanning about 30 miles (48km).
Some of the victims appeared to have been shot as they slept, police said, including a mother in bed with her four-day-old baby close by. Three children, including the infant, survived the shootings. The boy who was killed was 16 years old.
“There is a strong possibility that any individual involved in this is armed and incredibly dangerous,” Mr Reader said.
Police have not determined a motive or officially identified the dead. They say none of the deaths appeared to be self-inflicted and they believe those responsible are still at large.