BLOOMINGTON – Four people died Sunday after a 61-year-old Indiana man allegedly shot his wife and two adult children before turning the gun on himself, according to Bloomington police.
The fatal shootings happened about 10:15 a.m. at a Bloomington home, police said.
Officers arrived after a 911 call and found four bodies with gunshot wounds.
“The motive for the shootings is unknown and the investigation is ongoing,” police said in a statement.
Police declined to release the names of the deceased until family is notified. The woman was 54 years old. The daughter was 26 and the son was 18.
Autopsies will be completed in the coming days, police said.
8 missing children rescued; 1 arrest
Eight missing children were rescued in a five-day rescue operation in the Indianapolis area and one person was arrested on charges including parental kidnapping, according to federal authorities.
The children are between 6 to 17 years old in what's been called “Operation Homecoming,” according to the U.S. Marshals Service's Southern District of Indiana.
Authorities said children are “considered to be some of the most at-risk and challenging recovery cases in the area.”
The arrested adult was also charged with possession of weapons and intimidation.
The children were turned over to the Indiana Department of Child Services.
Federal authorities worked with groups including Indianapolis police and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Evansville sheriff switches parties
The sheriff of southern Indiana's largest county has switched to the Republican Party, accusing Democrats of endorsing flag burning, failing to acknowledge God and not supporting police.
Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding made his announcement outside the Evansville business of major Republican donor Steve Chancellor with Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch in attendance.
Wedding, twice elected sheriff as a Democrat, noted a large U.S. flag nearby and said Democrats “want to burn that thing every day.”
“I'm tired of seeing fires set in our streets,” Wedding said. “I'm tired of people defying God, our church, our police, our government and everything we stand for.
The Vanderburgh County Democratic Party called the political switch distasteful “political opportunism” and pointed out his previous complaints about insufficient funding from the Republican-controlled county council and state legislature.
“Democrats love their country and that's why we are fighting so hard for the preservation of democracy,” county Chairwoman Edie Hardcastle said.