JACKSON, Ky. (AP) — A gunman in rural eastern Kentucky killed five people with a shotgun before turning the weapon on himself Saturday, authorities said.
The shooting happened in a trailer park in the Mount Carmel community outside Jackson around 11:35 a.m. Saturday, Kentucky State Police and Breathitt County authorities said.
Sheriff Ray Clemons said the shooting appeared to be a domestic situation but it was too soon to make a complete determination.
Both Clemons and state Trooper Jody Sims say it's too early to release the names of the shooter or his victims. Sims said he had no information about the ages or relationships between the victims. That and other information could be released later Saturday pending positive identification of the victims and notifying their families.
Sims said the shooter appeared to use a 12-gauge shotgun.
Authorities started receiving calls about multiple gunshots shortly after 11:30. Sims said troopers found five victims when they arrived about an hour later and "also a sixth person who's believed to be the alleged perpetrator." Troopers say the victim appeared to turn the shotgun on himself after killing the other five.
Breathitt County is located in the rugged eastern part of the state, almost 90 miles southeast of Lexington.