Police were searching early on Friday for a man suspected in the slayings of four children and his wife in what authorities were calling one of the city's most horrific shootings in years.
The children, aged 3 to 14, were found on Thursday night in various rooms of a home in the Midwestern city of Cleveland, police said. A fifth child was wounded and being treated at MetroHealth Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Susan Christopher told The Plain Dealer.
Authorities were searching for Davon Crawford, 33, police said. He is married to the adult victim, Deputy Chief Ed Tomba said. A police helicopter assisted in the search and authorities were checking transit system buses.
"It's probably one of the worst multiple shootings that I've seen in a long time," said police chief Michael McGrath. "I've seen a lot of previous ones, but this ranks right up there at the top."
India Cobb told WJW-TV she saw Crawford, whom she identified as a cousin, earlier on Thursday and nothing seemed out of the ordinary. "It didn't seem anything was wrong or anything like that," Cobb said. "He just got married ... He just had a baby girl. I don't understand what went wrong. I don't know what happened. I'm still trying to find out myself."
Outside the home, a man at a police blockade said he recognized Crawford from a police photo shown on television as the man who recently married his daughter. He said she lived on the street with her three children and with another of his daughters and that woman's twins.
"They told me both my daughters and my grandchildren are dead," said the man, Lamar Arnold, although it was not clear who had told him. "I don't want to talk about it; I just want to go to my grandson now. I want to see how he is, and that's all I care about now."
He said his newly married daughter had sent him an unusual cell phone text message at 7:47 pm saying, "Call me, live your life, love it."
"Then I tried to call her about 12 times, and there never was an answer," he said.