3 children, 1 woman dead in Michigan shooting near Cedar Springs, police say
Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young from Kent County Sheriff's Office did not reveal any information about the victims or if they were related in any way
Three children and a woman were killed during a shooting that happened Monday afternoon at a property near the western Michigan town of Cedar Springs. These reports are according to Kent County Sheriff's Office.
According to WoodTV, an NBC affiliate, Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young did not reveal any other information about the victims or if they were related in any way, but said the department is still figuring out their identities. "Very sad. Very, very sad. It's been very difficult for our investigators and for the community as well," she revealed.
KCSO Sheriff LaJoye-Young addresses the media regarding an active investigation on 19 mile Road. We can confirm 4 casualties however we do not believe there is an active threat to community safety. pic.twitter.com/HdcxtNyI6n— Kent County Sheriff (@KentSheriff) February 18, 2019
The shooting that happened in rural northern Kent County, took place in a community near the 19 Mile Road near Division Avenue in Solon Township, northwest of Cedar Springs. The sheriff did not reveal if the bodies were found indoors or outdoors.
Following that LaJoye-Young added there is, currently, no threat to the public and that the authorities do not believe there is a shooter on the loose. When asked if the situation could be a murder-suicide, the sheriff did not comment, saying it is too early into the investigation to make that confirmation.
Sheriff will provide brief additional statement on 19 Mile Rd scene at 6:15pm. Media staging point 19 mile/Division.— Kent County Sheriff (@KentSheriff) February 18, 2019
"Certainly, a horrific thing to be called to and my heart goes out to the families involved here and the community," LaJoye-Young said. "We're certainly going to do everything we can to bring this to a quick resolution."
LaJoye-Young requested anyone who lives nearby with video surveillance, to share it with the department, so, investigators will be able to track Monday's traffic around the property where the shooting happened. If anyone has a video, they are requested to call the sheriff's department at 616.632.6125.
The sheriff also added that her teams were at the scene collecting forensic evidence and evaluating the site. They are also interviewing the people who found the bodies and called 911. The 19 Mile Road is currently expected to remain blocked for hours.