Officials report that a family of five, including three young children, were found on Sunday shot to death inside a southern Maine apartment.
According to the AP, a worker at the apartment complex discovered one body after being alerted to the apartment by a family friend who was concerned about the family's well-being. The worker immediately called the police.
Police found the family members—the parents in their 30s and the children aged twelve, seven, and four—in three different rooms. A gun was found near one of the bodies, and investigators said it appeared that someone in the family was responsible for the shootings. A spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety named Stephen McCausland spoke to the Portland Press Herald about the deaths:
"All indications are that no one outside of the family was responsible for the deaths. These are not accidental deaths."
The AP reports that the father was a maintenance worker for the complex. The AP spoke to a neighbor who described him as friendly, saying, "You'd walk and he'd ask how your day was going. He was really nice."
At a press briefing on Sunday night, police said the family members were shot around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday. State police said autopsies will be performed Monday.
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