DAYTON, Ohio (TUSEN) — Four people were shot dead in an Ohio neighborhood, and a man deemed armed and dangerous was being sought, authorities said.
Police in Montgomery County’s Butler Township said officers were called to the area shortly before noon Friday due to a report of gunshots. Chief John Porter said four victims with gunshot wounds were found at “multiple crime scenes” and all were pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said they were looking for Stephen Marlow, 39, who was believed to have fled the area in an SUV. They warned anyone who sees him or the vehicle to call 911 “and not approach him as he is likely still armed and dangerous.”
Porter said police do not believe there is an ongoing threat to the area but that officers would remain in the area in case he returns. The names of the victims have not yet been released and Porter said it was not immediately clear what prompted the shooting.
“We are in the process of determining whether there is a motive for this terrible tragedy or whether mental illness played a role,” Porter said. He called the shooting “the first violent crime in this neighborhood since recent memory.”
The Dayton Daily News reports that Marlow was released from probation in February for aggravated burglary and aggravated charges following a July 2019 incident in the Vandalia suburb of Dayton, according to Montgomery County court records.
As a precaution, Vandalia closed a number of public areas on Saturday after the shooting, including the Cassel Hills leisure center, golf course and swimming pool and the city’s senior center, the newspaper reported.
Court documents do not mention a lawyer representing Marlow; a message asking for comment was left on Saturday at a number in his name.