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5 Kids Gone After 'Heartbreaking' Mass Shooting

Adult male was also killed overnight in Muskogee, Okla.: police
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2021 10:40 AM CST

(Newser) – A man opened fire on seven family members—ultimately killing five children and one man—inside a home in Muskogee, Okla., early Tuesday before emerging with a gun in front of police. Called to the scene around 1:30am, an officer fired a shot at the suspect, who wasn't hit and ran off, reports KOKI. He was arrested without further incident after a brief chase, according to police. Meanwhile, police located the bodies of a man and four children inside the home. A fifth child died after arriving at a hospital. An adult female is currently in the hospital with life-threatening injuries, police add, per USA Today. All victims were shot, per the Kansas City Star.

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The suspect hasn't been publicly identified. "I can't say how, but we believe the suspect in custody is related to the victims," Muskogee Police Chief Johnny Teehee tells NBC News. A neighbor tells KOTV that the family had just recently moved into the area along Indiana Street. "It's heartbreaking," he says. (Read more mass shootings stories.)

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