Divers search pond at apartment complex where four people were found dead in West Chester

West Chester quadruple homicide: Here’s what we know so far

Four people are dead in West Chester Twp., and police are continuing to look for a suspect.

Here’s what we know today:

1. Four people found dead

Three females and one male in the same family were discovered dead after a family member called 911 at about 9:40 p.m. on Sunday night.

They lived together in an apartment at the Lakefront at West Chester apartments, and police said all suffered apparent gunshot wounds.

FULL  UPDATES: Divers search pond at apartment complex after quadruple homicide

Several investigators remain on the scene Monday morning, hours after four people were found dead inside a unit at the Lakefront at West Chester apartment complex. The deaths of the four are being investigated as homicides, according to police. Nick Graham/Staff

2. Many questions left unanswered

Police say they are looking for a suspect, but chief Joel Herzog said he didn’t believe anyone in the West Chester Twp. community was in danger.

The man who called 911 to report the incident was frantic and said he came home to find his wife and family on the ground bleeding. That caused a large police response to the apartment complex. 

The number of dead makes this one of the most violent single incidents in Butler County in recent memory.

Some questions that need to be answered include:

• Who are the deceased?

• Who killed them?

• How exactly did they die?

• Why were they killed?

PHOTOS: 4 bodies found in West Chester apartment, police investigating as homicides

Police work the scene where multiple people were found dead Sunday night, at the Lakefront at West Chester apartment complex in West Chester Township, Ohio, Monday April 29, 2019.
Video: Cara Owsley/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP

3. Neighbors express shock incident happened in otherwise quiet area

“I wouldn’t expect something like this to happen out here in West Chester,” said Charles Johnson, who lives at the Lakefront at West Chester apartment complex on Wyndtree Drive.

Another resident, who did not want to be identified, said she was out of town last night and that returning to find out the incident happened was shocking."They are not giving too much information. We pay too much money here to not feel safe," she said.

READ MORE: Neighbors react with shock to bodies found in apartment overnight

4. Religious leaders say family attended Sikh temple in West Chester

Jasminder Singh, president of the executive committee from Guru Nanak Society Sikh Gurudwara Sahib of Greater Cincinnati, said he has known the man killed at the the Lakefront at West Chester apartment complex Sunday night for 11 years.

“He was a great friend, he was a great dad, he was a great grandfather and he was a great husband,” Singh said.

READ MORE: Religious leader says man killed in West Chester quadruple homicide ‘was a great guy’

Members of a temple where three of the four people slain in West Chester Twp. shooting attended are mourning their loss Monday.

5. Worst shooting incident in West Chester since 2003

On Nov. 6, 2003, Tom West, then 50, walked into his former employer, Watkins Motor Lines, 6431 Centre Park Drive, carrying two handguns. He opened fire and then fled the scene.

He killed two men and injured three more during the shooting rampage. West’s attorneys said he had deep-seated paranoia. They said West believes Watkins was poisoning his food and planting bugs inside him.

West Chester mass shooting in 2003: Man thought employer poisoned his food, planted bugs inside him

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