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Three teens and their parents were killed in an apparent murder-suicide that created an “unspeakable” scene at their Minnesota mansion, police said.
Police discovered the gruesome scene Thursday during a welfare check days after the family had last been seen and the kids had missed their first days of high school, South Lake Minnetonka Police Interim Chief Mike Siitari said.
Their bodies bore traumatic injuries and were found scattered throughout the $2 million home in Greenwood, a small lakeside village about 20 miles west of Minneapolis, the Star Tribune reported.
“There are no words to describe it … It’s a tragedy,” Siitari said, noting it’s the worst crime scene he’s seen in his 30 years on the force. “This is a tough one to handle.”
The family was identified as Brian and Karen Short and their children, Cole, 17, Madison, 15, and Brooklyn, 14.
Police did not release information on how the family died or which relative was believed to be the killer.
The father in a family of five found dead in their Greenwood home Thursday shot and killed his wife and three teenage children before turning the gun on himself, sources told the Star Tribune Friday.
Brian Scott Short, 45, killed his wife, Karen Anne Short, 48; and his three children, Cole, 17; Madison, 15, and Brooklyn, 14, in their mansion near Lake Minnetonka, the sources said.
Police haven’t released the victims’ names, ages, or manner of death. But a notice on the father’s work website said that the victims were the home’s owners, Brian and Karen Short, and their children.
One victim was found in a bedroom, a second in the basement garage, two others in the basement and the last in a lower-level bedroom.
Scanner conversations between police and dispatchers indicated that all the victims appeared to have died of severe injuries.
originally posted by: Bennyzilla
Definitely seems fishy but without knowing how they died it's hard to make any kind of judgement.
Since they were all in separate rooms it implies that the killer went room to room and killed them each separately, and apparently quietly, and then chose a room to take their own life.
Can't imagine a gun would be involved without the others hearing the shots and trying to escape the home/bar the door. But again, with no knowledge of the crime scene all we can do is make guesses.
All six of the victims were found lying on their stomachs in their beds with no signs of a struggle. The police investigation concluded that the rifle had not been fitted with a sound suppressor and found no evidence of sedatives having been administered, leading to speculation that someone in the house should have been awakened by the noise of the gunshots. Police officers and the medical examiner who attended the scene were initially puzzled by the rapidity and scale of the killings and considered the possibility that more than one person had been responsible for the crime. Neighbors did not report hearing any gunshots being fired, and those who were awake at the time of the murders simply heard the dog barking.