At least 13 were found dead on Friday at six different locations across two states in the United States.
While eight people were found dead at four locations in Ohio, five others were found dead at two locations in Georgia.
Seven of the eight people found dead in Ohio include two children, who were slain in “execution-style killings” at three homes along a rural road. However, no arrests have been made and it’s unclear whether the killer or killers were among the dead, authorities said today.
Details on the death of the eighth person weren’t immediately available, but the body was found in a fourth location, said Jill Del Greco, spokeswoman with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Attorney General Mike DeWine planned to provide an update in Pike County later today afternoon, she said.
DeWine and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader had said earlier that seven victims were believed to be members of the same family.
All were shot to death, they said.
There is not an active shooter and no arrests have been made, DeWine and Reader said. Authorities are trying to determine a motive, identify the deceased and determine if the killer or killers are among the deceased individuals or on the loose.
A dozen Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents were called today morning to Pike County, an economically struggling area in the Appalachian region some 80 miles east of Cincinnati.
TV reports from the scene said a staging area has been set up with ambulances and fire personnel.
Gov John Kasich, campaigning in Pennsylvania for his Republican presidential bid, said his office was monitoring the situation in Pike County.
“Reports we are receiving from Peebles are tragic beyond comprehension,” Kasich wrote on his Twitter account.
The FBI in Cincinnati also said it was closely monitoring the situation and has offered assistance to the Pike County sheriff’s office if needed.
Meanwhile, five people were found dead at two separate locations in northern Georgia. The killings are believed to be a part of a domestic dispute.
Firearms kill nearly 30,000 people in the United States every year. However, many Republican law-makers have blocked President Barack Obama’s gun control legislation, which aims to curb gun violence in the US.
(With PTI Inputs)