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8 People Dead in Possible Murder-Suicide in Utah, 5 Of Them Children

On Wednesday, three adults and five children were found shot dead at home in Enoch, Utah. According to the local authorities, the shooting suspect was 42-year-old Michael Haight. Two other adults were identified as Haight’s wife, Tausha Haight (40), and Tausha’s mother, Gail Earl (78). The five victims were identified as the shooting suspect’s children: a 17-year-old girl and 12 years girl, 7 years old girl, a 7-year-old boy, and a 4-year-old boy.

At the press conference in the morning on Thursday, “the evidence suggests that the suspect took his own life after killing his 7 family members.” The state medical’s office will conduct autopsies to determine the victims’ official cause of death, Enock City Manager, Rob Dotson said.

According to Dotson, the welfare check took place after “someone with whom (the mother) had an appointment” notified the police she did not show up.

Dodson said a divorce petition was filed on Dec. 21 by the suspected shooter’s wife. Investigators with the Enoch Police Department and Iron County are among some of the agencies working together to determine what took place inside the home.

“We don’t know what happened,” Dotson said. “They were [our] friends, they were our neighbors and we loved them.”

The White House released a statement for this tragic incident, “The President and First Lady are mourning with the Enoch City, Utah community in the wake of a tragic shooting that has reportedly claimed the lives of five children and multiple adults in their family home.

Too many Americans have lost loved ones or had their lives forever changed due to gun violence, and gun violence remains the leading cause of death for children in America. Less than one month after we marked 10 years since the Sandy Hook tragedy, another mass shooting has claimed the lives of five more children in Enoch City.”

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