Boy, 7, and Parents Murdered By Intruder Who Was Shot Dead, Identified By Police As Neighbor
A seven-year-old boy and his parents were shot dead inside their Ohio home by a man who police said lived across the street.
John E. Anderson, 31, his wife Christina Chaffin Anderson, 30, and their son, Landon Anderson, seven, were found dead by police inside their Hilltop home on Monday, officials said.
Their daughter, identified by The Columbus Dispatch as 12-year-old Makyleigh Anderson, was also shot and was rushed to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in critical condition, police said.
All the victims suffered multiple gunshot wounds, the Associated Press reported.
Police were responding to a 911 call made by a woman about 5 p.m. who said that her husband had been shot by an intruder who was still inside their home on South Terrace Avenue, the Dispatch wrote.
Barry Kirk, 50, was found running from the Anderson home and was shot after being chased by police, cops said.
Three officers fired their weapons at him and he was hit multiple times, the Dispatch reported.
Kirk, who police said was “a neighbor who knew his murder victims,” was taken to Mount Carmel West, where he died.
The neighbor was once considered a friend of the family, John Anderson's brother, Jason Lozier, told the Associated Press.
Kirk had previously been over the Anderson home and shared meals, but had been in some kind of argument in the past couple of months with John Anderson, Lozier said.
"My brother never really took it seriously. It was nothing ever serious," told the AP.
Lozier said his brother was shot as he walked into the back of his house.
In 911 calls, both the daughter and Christina Anderson are reportedly heard begging a dispatcher for help.
"Somebody's in my house; they're trying to hurt me and my mom and my brother. Please help," a girl's voice says, the AP wrote.
A family friend who lived in the house called it a "home invasion" in a second call. Gunshots can be reportedly heard in both calls.
Detectives have been able to talk to the surviving daughter, who is expected to make a full recovery, the Dispatch wrote.
A motive for the triple murder was not immediately clear.