Woman, 31, ‘took her own life after shooting three men’
Four family members were found dead after a woman allegedly shot dead three of her male relatives in a shooting spree at three locations within a one-mile radius of Lynn, Massachusetts. The 31-year-old woman is said to have shot at two men, aged 34 and 66, at a house on Rockaway Street, as witnesses reported hearing up to 20 gunshots at the scene.
Officers from the Lynn Police Department rushed to the scene just before 3 p.m. Tuesday for reports of gunfire and to locate the deceased. Police identified the woman as a possible suspect before finding her dead in her car in a Stop and Shop parking lot about a mile from the first crime scene at 4.30pm. A police statement confirmed that she suffered “an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
Investigators later found another man dead in a motor vehicle parked outside Laighton Street – half a mile from where the woman was found dead. Officials believed the third man was also killed by the same suspect, with sources telling WHDH one of the victims was the suspect’s father. Police were seen removing a body from a minivan just after 10 p.m. and carted it into the state coroner’s van before the vehicle was towed away.
Police Chief Christopher Reddy confirmed that all four people are related and that there is no danger to the public. All family members have yet to be identified and their relationship to each other has not been disclosed by the authorities.
Authorities confirmed in a statement that they were in the process of contacting their next of kin. Lynn Mayor Jared Nicholson called “the loss of multiple lives devastating,” adding, “Our thoughts are with the victims of this tragedy and we extend our sincere condolences to the families affected. “While the investigation is ongoing, we have been assured that there is no ongoing risk to the community. “We ask that the public respect the family’s privacy at this time while public safety officials continue their investigation.”
Horrified neighbors described seeing the normally quiet street flooded with Lynn Police and Massachusetts State Police vehicles, with one saying the incident was “shocking”.