Four people were shot dead in an Ohio neighborhood on Friday, authorities said, and a search is now underway for a man considered armed and dangerous.
Police in Butler Township in Montgomery County, north of Dayton, said officers were called to the area shortly before noon Friday over reports of gunshots. Commander John Porter said four gunshot victims were found at a “multiple crime scene” and all were pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said they are looking for 39-year-old Stephen Marlowe, who is believed to have fled the area in a white 2007 Ford Edge with an Ohio license plate JES 9806. They warned anyone he sees or the vehicle to call 911 “and not to approach him because he is still from He’s potentially armed and dangerous.”
FBI Marlowe mode on Saturday’s most-wanted list, noting that he has ties to Indianapolis, Chicago and Lexington, Kentucky. The FBI said his last known address was in Dayton.
Porter said police do not believe there is any continuing threat to the neighborhood but that officers will remain in the area should he return. The names of the victims have not yet been released, and Porter said it was not immediately clear what caused the shooting.
“We are working to determine whether there was any motive for this horrific tragedy or whether mental illness played any role,” Porter said. He described the shooting as “the first violent crime in this neighborhood in recent memory.”
The Dayton Daily News reported that Marlowe was released from probation in February for a burglary and aggravated threat charge stemming from the July 2019 incident in the Dayton suburb of Vandalia, according to Montgomery County court records.
The newspaper reported that Vandalia closed a number of public places on Saturday as a precaution in the wake of the shooting, including the recreation center, Castle Hills golf course, swimming pool and the city’s seniors center.
The court documents do not mention an attorney representing Marlowe; I left a message asking for comment on Saturday at a number listed in his name.