A US couple and their 7-year-old son have been fatally shot and their daughter, 12, has been critically injured in a home invasion in Columbus, Ohio.
The suspect, 50-year-old Barry Kirk, entered the victims’ home in the Hilltop neighborhood on Monday and shot dead John Anderson, 31, his wife Christina Chaffin Anderson, 30, and their son Landon.
Kirk, who knew the family, was then shot and killed by officers who arrived at the scene after they had received a call by a woman saying her husband had been shot by a gunman.
“I don’t know if this was a home invasion, if he was let into the house, if they knew the suspect,” Columbus police Sgt. Rich Weiner told the Associated Press. “That’s all of the questions that the investigator is going to be asking.”
The family’s daughter, Makyleigh, has been hospitalized at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in critical condition.
So far this year, nearly 11,831 people have been killed in the US and nearly 24,027 have been injured, according to Gun Violence Archive, a not for profit organization that provides information about gun-related violence in the United States.
The US averages 87 gun deaths each day as a function of gun violence, with an average of 183 injured, according to the University of Chicago Crime Lab and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
About 4.5 million firearms are sold annually in the United States at a cost of 2 to 3 billion dollars.