All eight victims — believed to be seven adults and one 16-year-old — appeared to have been “shot in the head.” Seven of the victims were found in three homes on the same road in Peebles, said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader in a news conference yesterday afternoon.
The eighth victim, an adult, was found later than the other victims at a fourth location in Piketon, officials said.
No arrests have been made, and authorities believe there is a high chance the individual or individuals who committed the homicides is/are still at large, armed and dangerous, DeWine said. He added that preliminary investigations showed that none of the eight deceased appeared to have committed suicide.
Some of the victims appeared to have been killed in their sleep early this morning and were found shot to death in their beds, DeWine said.
One victim, who appeared to be a mother, was killed lying in bed with a 4-day-old baby, he added.