WASHINGTON, April 18 (Xinhua) -- A man apparently
killed his wife and three children before shooting himself dead in a home in
Maryland, U.S. police said on Saturday.
Frederick County sheriff Charles Jenkins told a press
conference that police arrived at the scene at a call early on the morning, and
found five bodies inside the residence in the first block of Washington Street.
The 34-year-old father, who was identified as
Christopher Wood, may have slashed at least some of his members in the killings
and turned the gun to himself at the foot of the bed.
"These are horrific incidents," said the police
officer, adding some of victims suffered "severe lacerations and cut wounds."
According to police, Wood and his wife, Frances
Billotti Wood just moved to Maryland five months ago with their children, who
were between 4 to 5 years old.
Their neighbors told reporters that the family was
actively involved in the community and nobody could see such a tragedy coming.
The bodies have been already transferred to Baltimore
for autopsies and their home been secured for further investigation into the
case, police added. ¡¡