A father of five lost his family after he shot and killed his wife and three adult daughters inside the family home in suburban Chicago early Sunday morning, police said.
The four women were fatally wounded in what officials described as a “domestic incident-related gunshot wound” inside a home on 173rd Street just before 11:30 a.m., according to Tinley Public Safety and ABC 7 Chicago.
A man inside the home reportedly called police to report the mass shooting and was taken into custody at the scene, according to officers and the call obtained by WGN News.
“A mother and her three daughters are missing, murdered in a senseless tragedy. This is a difficult day and a stark reminder of how quickly domestic violence can escalate.”
“A man reported that his wife had been shot. The line was cut off. He wasn't really cooperative,” the call handler said.
The official later described the scene as a “massacre” when he called for more police units to be sent to the scene.
What did they find when the police arrived?
As mentioned before New York PostWhen officers arrived, they found the bodies of the four women identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner as Majinda Kassim, 59, Halima Kassim, 25, Zahia Kassim, 25, and Hanan Kassim, 24. All the victims had gunshot wounds.
The husband and father of the two dead women, whose identities were not revealed, were taken into custody after a gun was found at the crime scene, authorities said in a press conference on Monday.
A neighbor who knows the family, which consists of a husband, wife, three adult daughters and two adult sons, said that the news of the horrific crime was “shocking” to wake up to on Sunday morning, given that the victims and accused killers were “a good family with a bright future.”
“My daughter knows them,” Charlotte Vaitkus told ABC 7. She went to school with her eldest son and kept the twin sisters busy. “He always talked about how they were all very smart and had very high goals in life.”
He added that some children dreamed of becoming pharmacists or doctors.
District Police Chief Pat Carr said there had been no previous calls to police about the home.
The killings were the deadliest to occur in Tinley Park, a southwest suburb of Chicago, in nearly two decades.
The area was voted by 24/7 Wall Street as one of the safest communities in America for 2020.
However, Carr stressed that there was no threat to the public. “This was isolated at home,” he told reporters at a news conference about the shooting. “The location is secure. There is only one suspect at this time.”
'A stark reminder of how quickly domestic violence escalates'
The area's mayor described the massacre as a “stark reminder of how quickly domestic violence escalates.” Mayor Michael Glotz said: “Words cannot describe how deeply saddened I am by this horrific tragedy.”
“A mother and her three daughters are missing, killed in a senseless tragedy. “This is a difficult day and a stark reminder of how quickly domestic violence can escalate,” he added.
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