WEST CHESTER, Ohio (WLWT) — No arrests were made Friday as authorities served a search warrant in connection with a quadruple homicide.
Heavily armed authorities swarmed the Beckett Meadows apartment complex on Autumn Woods Lane around 3:30 p.m. Friday.
According to West Chester public information officer Barb Wilson, authorities served the warrant at a residence in connection with a quadruple murder Sunday night.
No arrests were made, Wilson said, but video from the scene showed several people being briefly detained.
Two family members of the four victims appeared to be questioned briefly as police searched their condo. The men, who did not want to be identified, spoke with WLWT.
“They got a job to do at the end of the day. They’re doing their stuff, and they have our full cooperation,” one man said.
The other told WLWT they want to see the killers brought to justice just as much as anyone. “End of the day, we want our family safe and our family’s justice served. I’m sure everybody else would want the same thing.”
The men said other family members are afraid and fear leaving their homes. That includes the woman currently taking care of the children of one of the murder victims.
“She’s scared. She doesn’t know what’s going to happen outside and whatever happened to her parents. We don’t know,” one family member said.
The search warrant was in connection with the slayings of four people: Hakiakat Singh Pannag, 59, Parmjit Kaur, 62, Amarjit Kaur, 58, and Shalinderjit Kaur, 39.
All four victims are of Indian descent, authorities said, and one of the victims is an Indian national.
The four were found killed Sunday night inside a Wyndtree Drive apartment.
The Butler County coroner said all four people inside the apartment died from gunshot wounds. Investigators have not said how many times each victim was shot.
Police said it does not appear the shooter is among the dead or that anyone returned fire. No suspects or persons of interest have been named.
West Chester Police Chief Joel Herzog said in a written statement Wednesday that he “believes the homicides are not classified as hate crimes, nor are they random shootings.”
The statement said that investigators have followed countless leads and gathered considerable evidence, aided by the community and those who knew the victims.
Police released their radio traffic from Sunday night after a man called 911 and reported finding his relatives dead.
“There’s a language barrier, male, crying, says that his whole family is on the ground, bleeding,” a dispatcher said.
Police urge anyone with information on the case to call the police tip line at 513-759-7272.