PIKETON, Ohio – Authorities in rural southern Ohio are urging residents to be cautious as the search continues for whoever fatally shot eight members of a family at four different properties.
The victims found Friday include seven adults and a 16-year-old boy. They were found in homes near Piketon, about 60 miles south of Columbus.
Authorities say all were shot in the head and that it appeared some were killed as they slept, including a mother in bed with her 4-day-old baby nearby. The infant and two other small children were not harmed.
Authorities say the victims are members of one family. Investigators say none of the deaths appeared self-inflicted, so they believe at least one assailant is at large.
Law enforcement officials say whoever is responsible should be considered armed and dangerous.