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Police Search 2nd Site in Deaths of 4 in Western Michigan

By The Associated Press

SOLON TOWNSHIP, Michigan—Authorities say evidence suggests some of the three children and a woman found fatally shot in a western Michigan house may have been killed elsewhere.

The Kent County sheriff’s office said in a news release investigators are checking a “wooded piece of property” Tuesday, Feb. 19, near the Solon Township home where the bodies were found a day earlier. Solon Township is about 30 miles north of Grand Rapids.

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Kent County Sheriff personnel investigate the scene of a fatal shooting near Cedar Springs, Mich., on Feb. 18, 2019. (Neil Blake/MLive.com/The Grand Rapids Press/AP)

Authorities have not released the victims’ identities or explained how they are related. Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young has said the children were elementary school-aged and younger.

LaJoye-Young called the scene “a horrific thing to be called to” and said, “My heart goes out to the families involved here and the community.”

Autopsies are to start Wednesday. Police say the victims will officially be identified once the autopsies are completed.

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Kent County Sheriff personnel investigate the scene of a fatal shooting near the corner of 19 Mile NE and Division Avenue NE at a property near Cedar Springs, Mich., on Feb. 18, 2019. (Neil Blake/MLive.com/The Grand Rapids Press/AP)

Authorities say they don’t believe a shooter is at large.

Gun sales increased more than 80 percent between 1999 and 2017, according to The DataFace, a San Francisco data analysis company, which based its estimates on FBI background check data.