Pike County Gunman At Large, ‘Armed and Dangerous’ After Killing 7 Adults and 1 Teen

By Andrew Simontacchi
Andrew Simontacchi
Andrew Simontacchi
April 22, 2016 Updated: April 22, 2016

The April 22 execution-style shootings left 7 adults and a 16-year-old dead, all believed to be of the same family.

Local reports believe the victims may be of the Rhoden family, although no names have been released.

The gunman is still on the loose, said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine in a press conference, April 22.

“Through a preliminary investigation, it’s apparent that the gunman is not among those found dead,” DeWine said. “We believe he is at large, and a strong possibility that any individual involved in this is armed and extremely dangerous.”

Miraculously, in one of the four homes where victims were shot, three children—3-years-old, 6-months-old, and 4-days-old—were found safe.

The homes are located on Union Hill Road in between the counties of Piketon and Peebles; a remote location just 70 miles outside Cincinnati

Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations sent several crime scene investigators, special investigators, criminal intelligence agents, and cyber crime investigators to the gruesome scene.

“We’ve been working with several county sheriff’s and we will continue to work with them all night,” Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader said.