A suburban Chicago man shot and killed his wife and two of his children, even following his daughter outside where he shot her a second time and dragged her body back into the house, police said Monday.
The alleged gunman, 43-year-old Michael Worsham, also was found dead inside the home, though police said he did not have gunshot wounds and the cause of his death was not yet clear. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said the bodies would be examined on Tuesday.
The grisly slayings happened late Sunday in the small city of Robbins, just south of Chicago.
Robbins Police Chief Mitchell Davis said Monday that Worsham first shot his 17-year-old son, Steven, in the head in the kitchen before pulling his wife, 42-year-old Michelle Ollie, out of bed and fatally shooting her.
He also shot his 15-year-old daughter, Trisdion Worsham, in the back as she tried to flee, then went outside, shot her again and shot at witnesses before dragging the girl’s body back into the house, police said.
Worsham’s 14-year-old stepson told police he tried to wrestle the gun from the shooter, then was told he could leave if he stopped fighting, Davis said. The boy told police he grabbed his 5-year-old nephew and ran to a neighbor’s home. The girl was shot as she tried to follow them out the door.
Authorities said the couple had been married for 12 years and there was no record of domestic violence at the home.
They described arriving to a horrific scene at the tiny brick house at around 10:40 p.m. Sunday.
“Seeing the very tiny house just covered in blood, I don’t even know how to describe it. ” Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said at a news conference.
Davis said police don’t yet have a motive for the slayings.
“I’m a father. I cannot imagine what could bring someone to such a dark place where they would believe that they need to take the lives of their entire family, let alone children,” Davis said. “There’s nothing that you can say to describe this. You know, there’s nothing you can say to try to console this 14-year-old who saw his family murdered in front of his eyes.”