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3 women, 1 man related

CINCINNATI – Four bodies were found at a West Chester Township, Ohio, apartment complex Sunday, and police suspected foul play

On Monday, police said all the victims were related.

West Chester Police Chief Joel Herzog said the victims, three women and one man, were all adults. They lived in the apartment together, he said during a news conference Monday.

He added that children also lived in the home, but were not present during the shooting. They are now safe with other family members, Herzog said.

“It does not appear that the shooter is among the dead,” he said. “It does not appear that there was any return fire.”

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Herzog said police were still working on identifying a suspect. He said the community should not be afraid but should remain vigilant.

Police responded to the apartment complex around 9:40 a.m. Sunday night after a man called 911 pleading for help and saying his wife, mother, father and aunt were down and bleeding.

“Help, please help,” the distraught man can be heard shouting during his 911 call. “They are bleeding.”

He offered limited information, alternately speaking with the dispatcher then yelling for help and banging on doors of neighboring apartments at the Lakefront at West Chester complex.

The caller was unable to answer the dispatcher’s question regarding why the family members were bleeding. He said he had just returned home and found them.

When asked whether they were bleeding from the head, he said “yeah.”

Herzog confirmed the caller was related the victims and also lived at the residence. He said the man has spoken to investigators and is not currently in custody.

Previous calls to that apartment in the last 10 years includes a call for assault and another for theft. Herzog could not confirm whether the victims were residents when those calls were made.

“Nothing out of the ordinary,” Herzog said.

Contributing: Chris Mayhew, Jeanne Jouck and Sheila Vilvens, The Cincinnati Enquirer. Follow Cameron Knight and Sarah Brookbank on Twitter: @ckpj99 and @SarahBrookbank

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