Only a week into the new year and 2013 is already shaping up to be even deadlier than the year before. Four people were gunned down in two separate shootings in Hopkinsville, KY, Saturday.
Last year Hopkinsville police investigated three murders. Today there were three in six hours.
It was all hands on deck when four people were killed within a matter of hours. And Hopkinsville police were spread thin as detectives worked not one, but two grizzly murder scenes.
The first happened just before 10 p.m. Officers were called to a home on Hillaire Drive where they found three people shot. Tommie Summers, 68, and his wife Linda Summers died at the scene. Sgt. Kyle Spurlin with the Hopkinsville Police Department said their 38-year-old son, Brian Summers, died a short time later.
"Right now it is being treated as a murder-murder-suicide," Spurlin said.
Tommie Summer's brother told Channel 4 News off camera his sister-in-law, Linda Summers, had dementia, and the couple's son was mentally ill. He believes his brother killed his own family out of desperation, fearing no one would care for them if he died. Police are still investigating.
Six hours later there was another fatal shooting halfway across town. A relative found 20-year-old Alicia Jackson shot in the head in her Howell Street home. There were no weapons, leads or suspects in the case.
"Once we get the search warrant then our crime scene will go in and start recovering evidence and hopefully be able to put the pieces together," Spurlin explained.
There were three murders, one suicide and a lot of unanswered questions this weekend in a small town rocked by seemingly big city crimes.
"Hopefully this is the end of what's going on right now," Spurlin added.
A family dog was also shot at the Hillaire Drive home. We're told it will be OK.
Jackson died just shy of her birthday. Police said she would have turned 21 years old Tuesday.
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