7 People, One Dog Dead in 'Horrific Scene'

Authorities trying to piece together what happened in mass shooting in Morgan County, Alabama
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 5, 2020 11:06 AM CDT
Gunshots, a Burning House, Then 7 Dead
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Deputies responding to a call about a shooting in Alabama early Friday found seven people dead inside a home that had been set afire, news outlets reported, per the AP. Morgan County deputies were able to put out the fire before firefighters got to the scene, and that’s when they found seven adults dead in the house, per WHNT-TV. "It is a horrific scene, and to be able to process it will take some time," Mike Swafford with the Morgan County Sheriff's Office told WAAY. Investigators believe the victims—three women and four men—were shot, WAFF reported.

The deaths will be investigated as homicides, the Morgan County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post. "We don't have a motive at this time," said Swafford. "We don't have a determined suspect at this time. Investigators are following leads to piece together exactly what happened and who was involved. We can say we don't believe there is an active threat to anybody in the area." Neighbors called 911 after hearing gunshots, WAAY reported. Investigators said a dog at the house was also found dead, per the station.

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