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Four relatives killed in murder-suicide Monday, coroner says

Published: Nov. 30, 2021 at 2:04 PM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - The Allen County Coroner’s Office says a 20-year-old shot his mother, father, and teenage sister before taking his own life Monday evening.

The coroner identified the relatives as 50-year-old Mark A. Long, 45-year-old Lisa Renee Long, and 15-year-old Mahala Long. All three died by gunshot wounds and their deaths were ruled a homicide. Their deaths mark the 39th, 40th, and 41st homicide victims in Allen County so far this year.

Officials say the shooter is 20-year-old Samuel Mason Long, the son and brother of the vicitms. They say he died by suicide.

Around 9 p.m. Monday, police were called to a house on West Cook Road on reports that shots were fired from inside the home. They say four people were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say an elderly woman was in a different area of the home when the shooting happened and was able to escape and call for help, said Allen County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Troy Hershberger. He said the investigation noted that there were many weapons in the home, officials believe they were legally obtained. He notes that there were no signs of forced entry into the home and currently has no indication of a motive. Hershberger also said there’s no indication of a criminal history for anyone involved.

Samuel Long’s LinkedIn account describes him as a “Musician/Songwriter/Recording Artist” and a student at Purdue University Fort Wayne. It shows he previously attended Indiana Tech.

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