SPRINGBORO, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a man shot his estranged wife and her brother before fatally shooting himself in the driveway of a suburban southwest Ohio home.
Clearcreek Township police responded to the home just north of Springboro around 6 p.m. Saturday to find Eric Walker, 33, dead in the driveway from a self-inflicted gunshot. His wife, 32-year-old Lauren Walker, was hospitalized in critical condition while her brother Justin Michel, 33, was reported in stable condition with a leg wound. No updates on their conditions were available Sunday.
Police said Walker had retrieved a handgun from his vehicle, parked near the residence, and was arguing with Lauren in the driveway. Michel had come outside to check on the couple after hearing them arguing. Police said Walker shot Lauren, then Michel, before shooting himself.
Police said there were children and other relatives inside the house, but no one else was injured.
Police Chief Jim Terrill said it was the first such case in his nine years as chief in the township. He said neighbors were not in danger during the triple shooting.
But Danielle Fischer, who lives nearby and said she often walks or bikes through the neighborhood, said she was worried there was a gunman loose.
“Any type of disturbance in a neighborhood that’s so quiet like this is disturbing for anybody that lives around here, especially with it being domestic,” she told WHIO-TV.