- A mother and her three daughters were shot dead at about 11:30am on Sunday morning in a home in Tinley Park, near Chicago
- 911 call made from the home where the shooting took place but by the time emergency services were on the scene the four women were dead
- A man has been taken into custody and a gun was recovered at the scene which cops described as a ‘massacre’
A father-of-five is accused of shooting his wife and three daughters dead in a small community outside Chicago on Sunday in what a 911 dispatcher described as a ‘massacre’.
Police were called by a man at the home in Tinley Park just after 11:30am. The victims were pronounced dead at the scene minutes later at 11:36am, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
The victims were identified as Majeda Kassem, 53, and her three daughters including twins Halema and Zahia, both 25, and their younger sibling Hanan Kassem, 24.
‘A male subject said his wife was shot. The line disconnected. He wasn’t really cooperative,’ the dispatcher initially said.
A mother and her three daughters were shot dead by her husband at about 11:30am on Sunday morning in Tinley Park, near Chicago
A 911 call was made from the home where the shooting took place but by the time emergency services were on the scene the four women were dead
Investigators were on the scene all afternoon and into the evening following the shootings
Residents appeared completely shocked by what had occurred at the suburban family home
The same dispatcher referred to the scene as ‘a massacre’ as more emergency units were requested to be sent to the home.
Tinley Park Public Safety Department said a suspect was still at the house when police arrived and was taken into custody following the ‘domestic-related shooting’.
A gun was also found at the scene, reports the Chicago Tribune.
‘The offender is in custody and scene is secure,’ a statement read soon after the man’s arrest. ‘Due to ongoing investigation, we are asking residents to stay out of the area.’
Neighbors were completely shocked by the news, describing the residents as ‘such a good family that had a bright future’ with some of the children, that included two adults sons, having ambitions to become pharmacists or doctors.
‘My daughter knows them. She went to school with the oldest son, and she employed the twin sisters. She always talked about how they were all very intelligent, and they had very high goals in life,’ Charlotte Vaitkus told ABC 7.
Police officers were still investigating at the scene of the shooting in a residential area of Tinley Park throughout Sunday afternoon.
Police blocked off the street in Tinley Park, near Chicago, on Sunday
Crime scene tape still surrounded the home at sunset on Sunday evening
Locals stood around in shock after learning of the quadruple murders
Many local residents looked to be completely dazed upon hearing tragic news
Village Manager Patt Carr said there was no danger to the public following the shootings.
‘This was isolated to the home. The scene is secure. There is only one suspect at this time,’ Carr told reporters.
‘It’s a tragedy. Not only for the family, but all the surrounding neighbors that are there.’
The village of roughly 55,000 people is about 30 miles southwest of Chicago. The shootings are the deadliest incident to have happened in the area in almost 20 years.