On Friday, five adults were found dead in a home in La Plata, Maryland, after local authorities responded to a report of a shooting.
According to a news release, deputies from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and the La Plata Police Department arrived shortly before 4 p.m. Friday. Officers then located the homeowner, who was at the front door, and explained that he had come home from work and discovered the bodies. The homeowner was a relative of the victims.
A preliminary investigation revealed the suspect, identified as 28-year-old Andre Sales, entered the home and killed his ex-girlfriend, 21-year-old Sara Mann. Also killed were Mann’s brother, Kai Mann, 18; her mother, Sommaly Mann, 48; and another man who was inside, Javon Watson, 23, of White Plains, police said.
Police say that after the homicides, Sales shot himself and killed himself. Investigators recovered the gun at the scene.
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The whereabouts of two young children were initially unknown after the incident, but they were later found safe and unharmed at a different location. Diane Richardson of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to Fox News Digital that they were Sara Mann’s children. The children, who live in the house, were not there during the shooting.
The sheriff’s office said there is no threat to the public and the situation “appears to be isolated from the residence.” La Plata is a city about 35 miles south of Washington, DC
“It is heartbreaking for a community to experience this type of event. [La Plata’s] Agricopia is an extremely quiet neighborhood and this is certainly out of the ordinary,” La Plata Police Department Chief Carl Schinner said in an interview with Fox 5 DC.
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Autopsies will be performed to determine the exact cause of death for each victim.
Associated Press contributed to this report.