National roundup: 5 family members found dead in Maine apartment were shot

July 27
MAINE
Gun in apartment killed family of five

A family of five, including three children, were found shot to death Sunday inside a southern Maine apartment, authorities said.

Investigators said a gun was found near one of the bodies, and it appeared that no one outside the family was responsible for the shootings.

State police Sgt. Chris Harriman said murder-suicide is one of the scenarios being investigated but that a determination will be made by the state medical examiner’s office.

Authorities did not release the names of the family but said the parents were in their 30s and the children were ages 4, 7 and 12.

Investigators said a family friend worried about the well-being of the family had contacted a worker at the apartment complex. The worker entered the apartment and discovered one body, then called police.

Saco police found the bodies in three different rooms. Police described the firearm found in the apartment as a long gun. Shell casings were also recovered.

Saco is a city of about 18,000 people in southern Maine, about 10 miles southwest of Portland.

— Associated Press

CALIFORNIA
Lightning strikes 14
in storms, killing one

A 20-year-old man died Sunday after lightning struck 13 people at a popular Los Angeles beach and a golfer on Catalina Island during rare summer thunderstorms that swept through Southern California, authorities said.

The man was taken from Venice Beach and pronounced dead at a hospital Sunday afternoon, Los Angeles County coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz said. His identity was not immediately released.

Thirteen people, including a 15-year-old boy were jolted by lightning on the beach, in the water and on the Venice Beach boardwalk. Nine were taken to hospitals, where one remained in critical condition, authorities said.

Most of the others were mainly shaken up and expected to recover, fire officials said.

On Santa Catalina Island, off the coast, a 57-year-old man was struck by lightning on a golf course and was hospitalized in stable condition, said Steve Denning, a law enforcement technician with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He did not have other details.

— Associated Press

PENNSYLVANIA
Police: Man shot self after killing his son

A Philadelphia man is accused of fatally shooting his 5-year-old son and critically wounding the boy’s mother before trying to kill himself as officers closed in, police said.

Investigators said Tyrell Styles, 26, shot his son, Cion, in the head and wounded Shyema Washington at an apartment complex in Folsom, where they had been attending a children’s birthday party Saturday night.

Ridley Township police said Styles led them on a chase and then shot himself after officers cornered his vehicle.

Investigators told the Delaware County Daily Times that Washington and her son had been staying with relatives after a recent argument with Styles. Officials said he had no criminal record and was licensed to carry the gun.

Police said Styles was on life support Sunday. Washington was in critical condition.

— Associated Press

Plane’s crash-landing kills father: A man was killed and his daughter was seriously hurt while walking on the sand when a small plane crash-landed along Florida’s Gulf Coast near Venice Beach. Wendy Rose, the community affairs manager for the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, said the pilot and one passenger weren’t hurt when the Piper Cherokee landed Sunday. She said investigators, who originally thought only one person was aboard, later determined the plane had two occupants. Rose said the girl was flown to a hospital and is thought to be in critical condition.

$110,000 offered for carjackers: The hunt for two Philadelphia carjackers who rammed a stolen sport-utility vehicle into a family, killing three children, entered its third day Sunday as officials offered a $110,000 reward for information leading to their capture. Investigators said the suspects fled on foot after crashing the vehicle Friday in North Philadelphia where Keisha Williams, 34, and her three children, ages 7, 10 and 15, were selling fruit for a church fundraiser. Williams was hospitalized, as were a 65-year-old woman who was helping the family at the fruit stand and the 45-year-old woman who had been carjacked at gunpoint. The 10-year-old died at the scene, and the others were pronounced dead at hospitals. The reward money was posted by the city and the police.

— From news services

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