Grantsville, Utah, shooting update: Three children among the 4 dead – Deseret News

GRANTSVILLE — Of the four people who were found dead after a Friday night shooting in Grantsville, three were children, police confirmed Saturday morning.

Of the victims found in a home on Eastmoor Drive near Main Street, one was an adult female, two were juvenile females and one a juvenile male, said Grantsville Police Cpl. Rhonda Fields.

One suspect under the age of 18 was taken into custody, Fields said. One victim was hospitalized with injuries.

There are no reports of police incidents or criminal history at the home, Fields said.

Police investigate after four people were killed and fifth person was injured in a shooting at a Grantsville home on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.
Police investigate after four people were killed and fifth person was injured in a shooting at a Grantsville home on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News

As of Saturday morning, police still hadn’t released the names of the victims or who was arrested, but local social media pages have swelled with outpouring of support for a family member who posted on Facebook he couldn’t get a hold of his family after he learned about the shooting on social media.

The relative posted he was with his father who was hospitalized in stable condition, thanking the community for their prayers and support.

The Tooele School District offered condolences to the family on Twitter Saturday afternoon, noting the district’s crisis team has been working to ensure students and staff will have counseling services in the Grantsville area and in schools throughout the district on Tuesday.

“We are deeply saddened and shocked to hear of the events that occurred in Grantsville last night,” the district tweeted. “We want to express our sincere condolences to those who have been impacted. It’s important that we stand together to care & support each other through this difficult time.”

A home on Eastmoor Drive in Grantsville is pictured on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, the morning after four people, including three children, were killed and another wounded in a shooting.
A home on Eastmoor Drive in Grantsville is pictured on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, the morning after four people, including three children, were killed and another wounded in a shooting.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

By Saturday morning, all trace of a crime scene had been cleared from the Grantsville neighborhood and the home where police worked through the night. No crime scene tape or police barricades were visible outside the home. Nothing seemed amiss except for a set of blinds leaning askew against the inside of the front window. A white van with stickers on the back window of a seven-member stick figure family sat in the home’s driveway.

Fields told reporters Friday night that multiple agencies responded to a home just after 7 p.m. after neighbors heard gunshots. She didn’t know if the call for help came from inside the house or from concerned neighbors.

Police arrested a teenage relative shortly after they arrived at the home.

Grantsville Mayor Brent Marshall, who came to the scene to speak with responders late Friday night, confirmed the victims and the shooter are all related.

“It’s an unfortunate tragedy that has taken place here this evening,” said Marshall. “And I’m sure it will take days or even longer to try and piece together what brought all of this on and why it happened, if we ever get to know why it happened. It’s upsetting. This is normally a very quiet neighborhood, and any time you have children involved in something, it becomes very emotional, very fast.”

Gov. Gary Herbert tweeted out condolences and support about 10:30 p.m. Friday.

“Our hearts are broken by the horrible news coming out of Grantsville tonight,” he said. “We mourn over the loss of innocent lives. Our Department of Public Safety and State Crime Lab are assisting local law enforcement with the investigation. Additional information will be released by local authorities as it becomes available.”

This story will be updated throughout the day.

A home on Eastmoor Drive in Grantsville is pictured on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, the morning after four people, including three children, were killed and another wounded in a shooting.
A home on Eastmoor Drive in Grantsville is pictured on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, the morning after four people, including three children, were killed and another wounded in a shooting.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

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