Four people were killed early Tuesday at an East Texas home, and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office was looking for a vehicle in connection with the deaths.
Cherokee County Sheriff Brent Dickson said during an afternoon press conference that deputies after 8 a.m. found a man dead in a driveway in the 1600 block of Texas 110 North near New Summerfield. Deputies then found three people dead inside bedrooms of the home on the back of the property. All four of the victims had gunshot wounds.
Dickson identified the victims as men ages 18 and 47, a 45-year-old woman and a woman believed to be in her mid-30s to 40s.
He said an elderly woman who lives in the front residence made the 911 call. He believes the shooting happened between midnight and daylight on Tuesday.
The sheriff said this shooting is the first quadruple homicide to happen in Cherokee County.
One of the women and the 18-year-old man are mother and son. The other victims knew each other through dating relationships, Dickson said. All bodies were sent to a Dallas facility for autopsies.
Dickson said investigators are looking for a red 2017 Dodge Challenger as a vehicle of interest in the investigation. This vehicle was stolen from one of the victims.
The car has Texas license plate LTY9935.
No other details were available about the victim, who Dickson said should be considered armed and dangerous.
"He killed four people, and we want to get him off the streets," Dickson said.
The sheriff's office was working to notify the victims’ families. Investigators were also working to get search warrants signed by judges to further investigate the area, Dickson said.
Dickson said if anyone in the area saw or heard anything suspicious, they should call the sheriff's office at (903) 683-2271.
"I just ask that the community look for the vehicle," he said.
The Texas Rangers are assisting the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office in the investigation.