Ohio Manhunt Intensifies After Eight Shot Dead

Ohio Manhunt Intensifies After Eight Shot DeadOhio Manhunt Intensifies After Eight Shot Dead

A huge manhunt has intensified in the US state of Ohio where police are investigating the deaths of eight members of the same family.

They were all shot in the head in four different locations southwest of Piketon. There is no information about a possible motive.

Officials say they are tracking down at least one assailant who is considered armed and dangerous.

Meanwhile, a man shot dead five people before killing himself in Georgia, BBC reported.

Officials said the shootings at two separate locations on Friday night stemmed from a domestic dispute.

The suspect was identified as 50-year-old Wayne Anthony Hawes. Authorities believe the victims are connected to the gunman’s wife who had walked out on him a week before.

In Ohio, investigators interviewed 30 people, but no arrests had been made.

Seven of the victims were adults and an eighth was a 16-year-old boy. Several were apparently asleep in bed when they were killed, officials said. They were all members of the Rhoden family, said Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader, but they have not been individually identified.

The bodies were found in four separate homes along Union Hill Road in Pike County, in rural Ohio. Three children, including a four-day-old baby found in bed with her mother, were spared, authorities said.

“There is a strong possibility that any individual involved in this is armed and incredibly dangerous,” Reader said. Authorities have recommended that residents be wary.

Investigators said they were following up on an “overwhelming” amount of tips and that it was still unclear if the shootings were carried out by only one person or more.