Eight people — five of them children — have been found dead from gunshot wounds at a home in southwestern Utah, authorities said.
The bodies were discovered when police officers conducted a welfare check on the property in the small town of Enoch.
Authorities said in a statement that there are no suspects or a threat to the public at large, and further investigations are underway.
Enoch City Manager Rob Dotson said the deceased — all members of the same family — were well-known in the town of about 8,000 residents.
Authorities have not publicly identified the victims.
“Many of us have served with them at church, in the community and gone to school with these individuals,” Mr. Dotson said in a video statement Wednesday night.
“This community is hurting right now. They’re feeling the loss, they’re feeling the pain and they have a lot of questions,” he said, noting that officials would have had more information available. It is planned to be released.
Mr Dotson added that welfare checks based on calls to the police were common when people had not been seen for long periods of time.
The five children attended Iron County School District schools, officials said in a letter sent to parents.
“It is with deep regret that we inform you of a tragic loss to our school community,” it said.
“This loss will certainly raise many emotions, concerns and questions for our entire school district, especially our students.”
It added: “We are saddened by the loss to our school community and will do everything we can to support you and your child as needed.”
Utah Governor Spencer Cox offered his condolences in a tweet Wednesday night.
“Our hearts go out to all those affected by this senseless violence. Please keep the Enoch community in your prayers,” he wrote.
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