Police are investigating the deaths of a woman and three children in what they say was a murder-suicide in Smyth County, Virginia.
The Smyth County Sheriff’s Office said that police officers responding to a call on Friday found the bodies of a 27-year-old woman and two children in Marion, southwest Virginia, according to NBC12. A third child was in critical condition and later died in hospital, police said.
The outlet reported that the two children found dead were 10 and 3 years old, and the child who was taken to the hospital and died was 6 years old. The Smyth County Sheriff’s Office also reported that there was a fourth child, aged 8, who “escaped the scene.”
The names of the woman and children have not been made public and the relationship between the children and the women is not known at this time.
According to NBC12, the sheriff’s office has said that there are no other suspects in the horrific incident and their preliminary investigation indicated that the woman killed the children before committing suicide. The child who was critically injured was flown to Tennessee’s Johnson City Medical Center, the Bristol Herald Courier reported.
According to the outlet, Sheriff Chip Shuler said on Saturday that the incident occurred at a trailer on Harley Road in the Thomas Bridge community of Smyth County. The sheriff referred to the incident as shooting but provided no indication as to a possible motive. The sheriff’s office is continuing to investigate the shootings.