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Man killed wife, daughters and brother before killing himself in Washington: Authorities

A house is seen after five people were killed in a shooting, including the shooter, at the home in Vancouver, Wash., Monday, Dec. 4, 2023. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office said the deaths Sunday appeared to be a murder-suicide. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian via AP) ORG XMIT: WAVAN102
A house is seen after five people were killed in a shooting, including the shooter, at the home in Vancouver, Wash., Monday, Dec. 4, 2023. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office said the deaths Sunday appeared to be a murder-suicide. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian via AP) ORG XMIT: WAVAN102

Authorities say a man is suspected of fatally shooting his wife, two adult daughters and his brother before shooting and killing himself at their home in Vancouver, Washington over the weekend.

More information on the man and the four victims comes as the Clark County Sheriff's Office continues its investigation, but names will not be released until autopsies are completed over the next several days by the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office.

The sheriff's office responded to a call for a welfare check on Sunday at a home in Vancouver, Washington, a city along the southern border of the state and about nine miles north of Portland, Oregon.

The sheriff's office later clarified that the call for the welfare check was received after 1:06 p.m. Sunday. A text message from the suspected shooter was sent to the person who called in the welfare check more than four hours before, but it was not found by the person until later that day.

Sgt. Chris Skidmore, center, speaks to members of the media after five people were killed in a shooting, including the shooter, at a home in Orchards, Monday, Dec. 4, 2023, in. Vancouver, Wash. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office said the deaths Sunday appeared to be a murder-suicide. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian via AP) ORG XMIT: WAVAN
Sgt. Chris Skidmore, center, speaks to members of the media after five people were killed in a shooting, including the shooter, at a home in Orchards, Monday, Dec. 4, 2023, in. Vancouver, Wash. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office said the deaths Sunday appeared to be a murder-suicide. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian via AP) ORG XMIT: WAVAN

After an Unmanned Aircraft System was put inside the home due to risk from the possible harm to others and firearms present, authorities said it found several people that appeared to be deceased. SWAT operators and medics then entered the home and confirmed five people inside had died.

The investigation remains ongoing.

Abe Lepak reacts as he speaks to the media after five people were killed in a shooting, including the shooter, in his Orchards neighborhood in Vancouver, Wash., Monday, Dec. 4, 2023. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office said the deaths Sunday appeared to be a murder-suicide. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian via AP) ORG XMIT: WAVAN101
Abe Lepak reacts as he speaks to the media after five people were killed in a shooting, including the shooter, in his Orchards neighborhood in Vancouver, Wash., Monday, Dec. 4, 2023. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office said the deaths Sunday appeared to be a murder-suicide. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian via AP) ORG XMIT: WAVAN101

Initial reporting: 5 dead after apparent murder-suicide at home in Vancouver, Washington, authorities say

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