Authorities said that eight people, five of whom were children, were killed by gunshot wounds in a house in southwestern Utah.
Police officers in Enoch discovered the bodies after conducting a welfare check on the property.
Officials stated that there are no suspects in the case or threats to the public. They also added that the investigation is ongoing.
Rob Dotson, Enoch’s city manager, said that the dead – all members from one family – were well-known in the small town of around 8,000 people.
Officials have not made public the identities of the victims.
Mr. Dotson stated in a video statement that many of them have been with them in the church, community, and at school together with them.
“This community is in deep pain at the moment. They are feeling loss, pain, and have many questions,” he stated, noting that authorities would release additional information as it becomes available.
Mr Dotson said welfare checks are routine when people are not seen for extended periods of the time and are based on calls to police such as the one that led them there.
Officials confirmed that the five children attended schools within the Iron County School district, according to a letter sent home to parents.
It said, “It is with deep sorrow that we inform you of a tragic loss in our school community.”
“This loss will raise many emotions, concerns and questions for our entire school system, particularly our students.”
It said, “We are deeply saddened at the loss of our school community. We will do everything we can to assist you and your child.”
On Wednesday night, Spencer Cox, Governor of Utah, offered condolences via a tweet.
“Our hearts go out for all victims of this senseless violence.” He wrote that he would like to keep Enoch’s community in his prayers.