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Community grieves after 2 boys, 2 adults killed in domestic-related shooting

Updated: December 02, 2019 01:09 PM

A community is grieving after two boys were shot and killed outside a home in south Minneapolis on Sunday. Two adults were also found dead inside the home.

On Monday morning, police said they're not looking for any suspects and believe the man they found dead inside the home is the person who killed a woman and two young boys.

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"That was just horrifying," said Erik Wiltscheck, who lives next door. "I just don't know where a person could get to that point. How could you get to that point?"

That breaking point Wiltscheck refers to is the moment where two young boys are violently shot in front of their home. Witness were horrified as Wiltcheck said he rushed to call for help.

"I said, 'he's shooting his kids, the dad is shooting his kid,'" said Wiltscheck.

Every officer in MPD's Third Precinct responded to the chaotic scene, including the SWAT team, during what became an hours-long tense standoff on Sunday. Without knowing who was holed up inside, the bomb squad also moved in. Nearby homes were also evacuated. Officers later found the man and woman dead.

2 preteen boys, 2 adults confirmed dead in domestic-related shooting

"This is certainly not the conclusion that I as chief would have wanted," said Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo. "But I know that the men and women who responded today did all they could to preserve and safe life."

On Monday, flowers and stuffed animals were placed in front of the spot where the boys were shot.

"I've been up all night crying, I can't sleep, the images of that kid raising his head, like stop," said Wiltscheck. "Kids just deserve to grow up and have a life."

Four lives lost from what police now describe as a domestic-related homicide.

"The kids used to, they were full of life," said Wiltscheck. "They used to throw the balls over our fence and I would go pick them up."

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey wrote the following statement on Twitter Monday:

"Gun violence and domestic violence are a scourge on American life. This weekend, Minneapolis felt the painful sting of both. As our community processes this senseless loss of life, policymakers must resolve to do everything possible to curb gun violence and keep our city safe."

Authorities have not yet released the victims' identities.

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