4 people, including 2 children, were discovered dead at a house in Minnesota on Sunday in what officials termed a “domestic” occurrence.
Police in Minneapolis had first declared it a “hostage condition” after authorities declined to arrive at a gunman, known as an adult male, who remained inside the house.
A police spokesperson, John Elder, told that officers reacting to a report of shots fired Sunday morning discovered 2 preteen boys who had been hit by gunfire outside a house south of central Minneapolis.
Through an earlier briefing, Elder told that the kids had been playing in the snow when they were shot, though he later explained that he wasn’t assured what they were doing outside.
When the officers listened to gunfire within the residence, they recovered the children’s bodies without cover and “at their own peril,” Elder replied.
The children were later pronounced dead inside the officers’ squad cars, he told.
Neighbors were removed and hostage negotiators and a SWAT team were sent to the scene, Elder told, adding that authorities used a robot with a camera to attempt and better assess what was occurring inside the house.
After many unsuccessful efforts to reach the gunman, tactical officers entered the residence at 2 p.m., he told. They discovered a dead adult man, thought to be the suspect, and a woman who had also been fatally shot.
Elder told that it seemed the woman was hit by the gunfire listened by officers earlier.
The relationship amid the sufferers and the suspect was not clear. Elder did not give any additional details regarding why police think it was a domestic violence-related.