4 dead after man shoots relatives, lights home on fire

A man in Illinois fatally shot three of his family members before killing himself by barricading inside his home and setting it on fire, according to officials.

Police and fire crews on Friday responded to a report of a “barricaded subject” inside a residence in Oak Forest, city officials said in a tweet, which also encouraged residents to shelter in place. The home was already ablaze when first responders arrived on the scene.

Authorities called it a “domestic situation,” but did not elaborate further, WLS reported. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has since confirmed four people were killed in the early-morning violence, which was captured by a Ring camera on the porch of a nearby home.

Neighbors said they heard more than a dozen gunshots starting around 6:30 a.m. One person told WLS the family had been acting strangely in recent weeks, and said he heard a lot of arguing and screaming coming from their home.

No one involved has been identified. City officials said their is no longer a threat to the community and the shelter-in-place order has since been lifted.




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