SHERIFF: Husband kills wife, children & family dog before shooting self

SHERIFF: Husband kills wife, children & family dog before shooting self
Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes says a husband shot and killed his wife, three young children, and the family dog before turning the gun on himself. (Source: WITN)

CRAVEN COUNTY, NC (WITN) - Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes says a husband shot and killed his wife, three young children, and the family dog before turning the gun on himself.

Deputies were called to a home on Kinsaw Court outside of Vanceboro around noon Friday by a family member who said she was unable to contact the family since Wednesday evening.

Deputies saw a body through a partially opened curtain and forced their way inside the home.

They found the body of Michael Ireland, 39, in the master bedroom with a gunshot to the head and a revolver found beside the body. The family dog was also discovered in the same bedroom.

The bodies of 26-year-old April Ireland and eight-month-old Caroline were on a living room couch.

Michael, 4, and Bryson, 3, were on another couch in the living room. All had a single gunshot wound.

The sheriff said there were no signs of a struggle inside the home.

Hughes says the county has never experienced such a senseless loss of lives in recent history. Veteran law enforcement officers described this as the most horrific case in their career.

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