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4 killed in multiple shootings in US town, suspects absconding: report

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Authorities have told people not to go near the suspected shooter

Ohio, US:

A total of four people were shot to death in Butler Township, Ohio, on Friday in multiple locations, and police are now searching for a man possibly linked to the shooting.

The shooting took place in the small Ohio town just north of Dayton. Addressing a media briefing, Butler Township Police Chief John Porter named Stephen Marlowe as a “person of interest” and said he was likely to be “armed and dangerous,” CNN reports.

Butler Township police chief said officers are being assisted by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

The statement said information indicated that Marlowe may have fled Ohio. According to the media portal, the FBI said it has links to Lexington, Kentucky, Indianapolis and Chicago and may be in one of those cities.

Describing Marlowe’s physical appearance, Porter said he was 5’11” and about 160 pounds, with brown hair. Authorities believe Marlowe, 39, wore shorts and a yellow tee. -shirt and ran in a 2007 white Ford Edge.

Asking anyone with information about Marlowe to contact the FBI, officials said the suspected shooter should not be contacted.

Porter said police responded to a report of shots fired just before Friday afternoon, and four victims died on the spot. “This is the first violent crime in this neighborhood in recent memory,” Porter said. “We are working to determine if there was a motive for this horrific tragedy or if mental illness played a role.”

Porter said police do not believe there is a threat to the neighborhood, but have deployed additional forces and the Dayton Police Bomb Squad as a precaution.

Porter said people should call the police if they have information about Marlowe’s whereabouts or see a Ford Edge. Butler Township is a town of 8,000 residents approximately 9 miles north of Dayton.

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