Five children were among six people killed Tuesday in a shooting rampage at a home in Muskogee, Oklahoma, authorities said.
A suspect with a gun was taken into custody, Muskogee Police Officer Lynn Hamlin said.
“We don’t believe it was random,” Hamlin said. “We just don’t have details yet of the why or what happened.”
Officers responded to a call at about 1:30 a.m. of a multiple shooting at the home, Hamlin said. The officers encountered a person with a gun, and one officer fired one shot that missed the armed person as he ran from the scene, police said.
The suspect was later arrested after a short foot pursuit. Officers at the scene found one man and four children dead, and a fifth child was airlifted to a Tulsa hospital before being declared deceased, Hamlin said.
A woman was also airlifted to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said.
Hamlin, at times near tears as she spoke briefly with reporters, expressed “shock, sadness” at the shooting. She said officers who responded to the scene would be meeting with department therapists.
Muskogee is a city of about 38,000 people, 45 miles southeast of Tulsa
Contributing: The Associated Press