Maquoketa, Iowa — A couple and their 6-year-old daughter were found shot dead at a campsite in Maquoketa Cave State Park, Iowa, on Friday morning, when the murderer later committed suicide about a mile away. Turned out. -Injured by gunshot wound, according to authorities.
The Iowa Department of Public Security has identified the man as Anthony Orlando Sherwin, 23. And they said he believed he was from Nebraska. The ministry said there was no further threat to the public and the park would be closed until further notice.
Mike Clapful, a special agent at the agency’s criminal investigation agency, said Sherwin was not with the victims. Investigators do not believe there is a relationship between the victim and Mr. Sherwin, said Mitch Maltvet, assistant director of the division.
Authorities identified the victims late Friday as Tyler Schmidt (42), Sara Schmidt (42), and Lulu Schmidt (6) in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The motive for the killing was unknown.
Friday’s murder is the latest in a series of nationwide shootings, including 10 deaths in Buffalo’s supermarket in May and 19 children and two in May at an elementary school in Yuvalde, Texas. It was a thing. Seven people were killed in another shooting with a teacher at a celebration on July 4th in Highland Park, Illinois this month.
On Friday, authorities received a phone call about the shooting shortly before 6:30 am and found three people dead in gunshots, Krapfl said. Officials said they were able to explain everyone at the campsite, with the exception of Mr. Sherwin, whose body was found west of the park around 11:30 am.
According to officials, the campsite was evacuated with a nearby children’s camp, Camp Shalom. Christian Camp said in a Facebook post that all campers and staff were explained and safe.
According to its website, the camp hosts many summer programs for people with disabilities, including children, families and adults, from Christian “various denominations”.
Beth Sallak, executive assistant at Camp Shalom, said the program director was notified at 9:13 am about the active shooter situation at Maquoketa Caves, a mile and a half from the camp. The staff were initially preparing to check out the camp, but “switched gears” and put the camper vans on two buses to evacuate to a nearby playground.
“This is the world we live in,” said Salak. “So we have to train for things like this, and they handled everything incredibly well.”
Governor Kim Reynolds said in a statement on Friday that she was “feared by the shooting” and “defeated by the loss of three innocent lives.”
Makokita Caves State Park is located on 370 acres, about 60 miles east of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.The State Department of Natural Resources describes the park Website As a “popular destination for picnics and hikers”. According to the site, the 6-mile hiking trail connects 13 caves in the park, including a 1,100-foot long dance hall cave.
“This is a great place to visit,” said Salak. “until today.”
John Peragine reported from Maquoketa, Iowa, and Jesus Jiménez, Claire Fahy, and Vimal Patel in New York.