(BLOOMINGTON) – Bloomington Police detectives are investigating a triple homicide – suicide.
According to Bloomington Police Captain Ryan Pedigo, on Sunday at approximately 10:17 a.m., officers with the Bloomington
Police Department responded to a residence in the 2600 block of South Olcott Boulevard in reference to a welfare check on the occupants of the home.
The complainant reported that she had gone to the residence to pick her friend up but nobody answered the door when she knocked. She told police she used a key to enter the residence and when she walked into her friend’s room, it immediately appeared that her friend was deceased. The female exited the house and called 911.
Officers made entry into the residence and located four deceased individuals with gunshot wounds. Evidence at the scene indicated that a 61-year-old man had shot and killed his 54-year-old wife, his 26-year-old daughter, and his 18-year-old son before shooting himself.
The names of the victims will not be released until notification can be made to next of kin.
The motive for the shootings is unknown and the investigation is
Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton shared the following statement in response to today’s news of the deaths of four members of a Bloomington family:
“All of Bloomington mourns today, after we lost a family in an apparent triple homicide and suicide. My wife Dawn and I are heartbroken and extend our sympathy to the relatives, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and classmates of the family we have lost. The tragic loss of these four fellow Bloomingtonians comes as a horrible shock during an already challenging year when family or private struggles may remain even harder to see than usual. It reminds us how important it is to take care of each other — to offer a helping hand, a listening ear, or a sturdy shoulder to family, friends, or neighbors. It reminds us of how much we share in common and how fragile life can be. It reminds us that if any of us is having a rough time, facing overwhelming challenges, or feeling unable to cope, there are places to get help and support. Reach out to friends, professionals, or social service agencies, for example at Helping Bloomington Monroe, where you can find many options for counseling, financial assistance, and many other services. If you are or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately. In this devastating moment, let Bloomington come together as one family, and remember we are here to take care of one another.”
Autopsies for all four deceased individuals will be scheduled in the coming days.
No further information will be released at this time.