Yesterday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine held a press conference at 5pm EST. At that time he revealed disturbing facts pertaining to the killing of 8 family members in Ohio by a gunman who remains at large.
DeWine stated the shootings were done “execution style” — each victim was shot in the head. The deceased were found on four rural Ohio properties, shot to death. Most were apparently sleeping when they were killed. Three young children — including a 4-day-old infant — were also found unharmed at the crime scenes.
He also revealed the investigation had uncovered three marijuana growing operations — while also warning residents who felt they were in danger to “to be armed.”
“This was a preplanned execution of eight individuals,” Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said. “It was a sophisticated operation. And those who carried it out were trying to do everything they could do to hinder the investigation and their prosecution.
“This is not your case where someone got mad at somebody else, shot him, there’s a witness, two witnesses. It’s a very, very different kind of case.”
Authorities have not yet named a suspect and have yet to say how many people may have been involved. They said none of the victims died from a suicide.
All the victims were members of the Rhoden family: 40-year-old Christopher Rhoden Sr.; his 16-year-old son, Christopher Rhoden Jr.; 44-year-old Kenneth Rhoden; 38-year-old Gary Rhoden; 37-year-old Dana Rhoden; 20-year-old Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden; 20-year-old Hannah Gilley; and 19-year-old Hanna Rhoden.
DeWine said a force of at least 100 investigators had already received more than 100 tips and conducted more than 50 interviews. Five search warrants had been executed and the four crime scenes had been evaluated and secured. DNA technicians were currently examining 18 pieces of evidence at a state crime lab.
Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader said he advised other members of the “targeted” Rhoden family that they could be in danger and advised them to be armed.
DeWine initially “would not comment” on whether drugs were involved, but eventually revealed that marijuana growing operations had been uncovered in three locations.
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ATTORNEY GENERAL: Eight People Murdered was “pre-planned execution”