Eight people have been found dead in southern Ohio, authorities said on Friday.
Seven of them were killed in what seemed to be “execution-style” shootings.
Five adults and two children were killed in three homes in Pike County, a rural community about 80 miles east of Cincinnati, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader said.
All are believed to be members of the same family.
An eighth person was found dead later on Friday at a fourth location, but authorities didn’t specify if it was an adult or child or give a description of how the person was killed.
The situation is not being treated as an active shooting and no arrests have been made, the attorney general’s statement said.
Pastor Phil Fulton of Union Hill Church told WLWT the situation was “very out of character” for the community.
“It’s a tragedy,” he said.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is leading the investigation.
It sent more than a dozen agents to assist the Pike County Sheriff’s Office after the request for help came in at 8:21 a.m.
Schools in Pike County and surrounding counties were on lockdown early on Friday as a precautionary measure, WLWT reported.
They were “back to normal” by Friday afternoon, Adams County Ohio Valley Local School Superintendent Richard Seas told WLWT.
Ohio Governor, John Kasich called the situation “beyond comprehension” and said the state is working with local law enforcement.