washington [US]Jan. 6 (ANI): A 42-year-old man shot and killed his wife, their five children and his mother-in-law in their Utah home this week before he opened fire, The New York Times reported, citing officials. The gun killed himself as said on Thursday.
According to news reports, evidence indicated that the man, Michael Haight, killed seven other members of his family before killing himself in his home in Enoch, officials said.
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Police found all eight bodies on Wednesday after Haight’s wife, Tausha Haight, 40, did not show up for an appointment with someone who then contacted police, according to officials.
Enoch Mayor Jeffrey Chestnut said at a news conference that Taussa Hyatt filed for divorce from Michael Hyatt on Dec. 21, The New York Times reported. Tausha Haight’s mother, Gail Earl, who was also killed, had been “supportive in their difficult times”.
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Other victims included Haight’s five children – girls aged 17, 12 and 7, and boys aged 7 and 4. Geoffrey Chesnut said Heights lived next door to his residence.
Enoch Police Chief Jackson Ames said at a news conference that police “were involved in some of the investigations into this family years ago,” according to The New York Times. Ames gave no further details about the investigation involving family members.
White House press secretary Karin Jean-Pierre announced in a statement released by the White House that U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are mourning the shooting at their home that killed killed five children and several adults.
“The President and First Lady are mourning with the Enoch, Utah community following the reported shooting that claimed the lives of five children and multiple adults in their home,” the White House said in a statement. “Too many Americans have lost loved ones or had their lives forever changed by gun violence, which remains the leading cause of death for children in the United States. As we commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy Less than a month later, another mass shooting claimed the lives of five other children in the city of Enoch, it added.
Meanwhile, Utah Governor Spencer Cox tweeted: “Our hearts go out to all those affected by this senseless violence. Please pray for the Enoch community.” (A Ni)
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