Gunman opens fire in Utah home killing four members of his own family including children and injures a fifth before being arrested
- Four relatives were killed at a home in a suspected homicide in Utah Friday night
- A fifth relative was also wounded during the incident and taken to the hospital
- Police have the suspected shooter – believed to be a male teen – in custody
Four family members have been fatally shot and a fifth relative was injured in a shooting believed to have been carried out by a teenager at a home in Utah Friday night.
The incident, which is being investigated as a homicide, took place at a residence in Grantsville, Utah, Friday at about 7.30pm.
Grantsville Mayor Brent Marshall confirmed that the four victims – which include children – and the shooter, a male, are family members, but did not specify their exact relationship to each other, according to Deseret News.
Four family members are dead and a fifth relative wounded following a shooting at a home in Grantsville, Utah, Friday night. Grantsville Police Cpl. Rhonda Fields is pictured here on the street where the shooting occurred
Police towed a grey car (center) connected with the shooting from the parking lot of the hospital where the injured victim was taken late Friday night
Police have not yet released the names, ages or relationship between the four people who were killed, but did state that an injured adult male was taken to Mountain West Medical Center in nearly Tooele, Utah.
He was said to be in stable condition, but not awake as of Friday late evening, KUTV reported.
Police said that the suspected shooter was taken into custody and that there is no threat to the public as of 9.10pm.
The shooting suspect is reported to be a teenager and was said to have been taken to the hospital, although he was not injured during the incident and it’s unclear if he is still there.
KUTV reported that it was possible that the suspected shooter was apprehended at the hospital.
Police told FOX 13 that a car connected to the fatal shooting investigation was towed from the hospital parking lot later Friday night.
Police care are pictured near the scene of the suspected homicide. Neighbors said they heard gunshots, although it’s unclear if the call to police came from neighbors or inside the home
The shooting victim was taken to the Mountain West Medical Center in nearby Tooele, Utah
The shooting was said to have occurred at a home on this ‘small’ street in Grantsville
Grantsville Police Cpl. Rhonda Fields said that multiple agencies responded to the scene and that neighbors had heard gunshots, according to Deseret News.
She said it was unclear whether the police were called about a suspected homicide at the home by someone who was inside the house or by a neighbor, however.
Utah governor Gary Herbert tweeted that ‘Our hearts are broken by the horrible news coming out Grantsville tonight. We mourn over the loss of innocent lives.’
He also tweeted: ‘Parents and grandparents, secure your firearms! Everyone, hug your loved ones tight. And remember love, not hate, will heal broken individuals and families.’
Police are waiting to reveal the identity of the victims until their family members have been notified, which they are in the process of doing.
Fields noted that the shooting was ‘very uncommon behavior for our small city, for our neighborhoods’ and that although it happened on ‘a small street’ and at one home, ‘it’s a large scene.’