Eight shot to death after family row

A FAMILY argument in the US state of Ohio ended in the shooting deaths of eight people, including an 11-year-old, and the wounding of two more people.

One person shot five people dead in one location, then two more were killed nearby before police killed the gunman.

The shootings occurred in a wooded, residential neighbourhood of older homes outside Akron, Copley Township officers said. The neighbourhood remained blocked off by police on Sunday afternoon.

Jeff Kirby, of nearby Norton, said he was visiting his mother’s home a block from the shootings at mid-morning when he heard gunfire – about 15 shots with several pauses between them.

Kirby, 53, said the last gunfire he heard occurred about the same time he heard sirens in the neighbourhood.
Copley police Sgt Eric Goodwin said he did not know the conditions of the wounded but said he believed there were no more victims.

“As far as I know, everyone’s accounted for,” he said.

He gave no more details, including how the shooter and victims were related, their names or what led to the argument.

“That’s still under investigation,” he said.

Copley Township is a town of about 14,000 people outside Akron in northeast Ohio.

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