Mother and Her 3 Children Found Shot Dead, Husband Suspected—Police

A mother and her three children were found dead from gunshot wounds on Friday in Michigan, police say.

The Mecosta County Sheriff's Office announced Monday on its Facebook page it was investigating the incident, giving details of the shooting.

The victims were named as 40-year-old mother Dawn Gillard, 6-year-old Katelynn Gillard, 4-year-old Ronald Gillard and 3-year-old Joshua Gillard.

The shooting took place at their home on 180th Ave south of Johnson Road in the Austin Township on Friday afternoon.

Police also said, at this stage, they believe the father and husband, a 51-year-old male was the shooter, but are not currently releasing his identity.

"[The] 51-year-old male, who is believed to have turned the firearm on himself, [has] a gunshot wound to the head," the press release said.

"The male was transported to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital, later transferred to Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, before being transferred to the University of Michigan Hospital, where he continues to be in critical condition for his injuries."

Authorities have said that there is no clear indication of what led to the shooting and it remains under investigation.

"The Mecosta County Sheriff's Office will be forwarding the report to the Mecosta Prosecutor's Office to review for charges against [the] male in relation to the actions leading to the four deaths," the press release continued.

"The male's name is being withheld until he is arrested and formally charged. In the near future, information will be limited so as to not jeopardize any future criminal proceedings and out of respect to the family."

The press release closed by calling on anyone with information to contact their detective Sergeant Mike Mohr at (231) 592-0150.

Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer has previously called gun violence a public health crisis, following a school shooting at Oxford High School in 2021.

She said there needed to be "actions" beyond "thoughts and prayers," but didn't detail any specifics.

Whitmer supported a measure in the past that would allow judges to order firearms be taken away from individuals who are a high risk to themselves or others.

On social media, she has also acknowledged the concerns of people who argue that gun control would quickly impede an individual's right to bear arms.

"The gun lobby has sold the American people a false narrative that you have to pick one of two sides when it comes to gun laws," she tweeted in 2019.

"The reality is that we can both recognize the rights guaranteed to us by the 2nd amendment AND work to prevent gun violence.

"I have said that our politics in Michigan don't have to look the way they do in Washington DC.

"This is also true of working to prevent gun violence, we can come together, gun violence prevention advocated and responsible gun owners alike, to ensure our communities are safe."

Newsweek has contacted the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office for comment.

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