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5 die in horror shooting of wife and kids

POLICE in Cleveland, Ohio, are searching for a man suspected in the slayings of four children and his wife in what authorities were calling one of the US city's most horrific shootings in years.

The children, aged 3 to 14, were found on Thursday night in various rooms of a two-family home on the west side of Cleveland, police said. A fifth child was wounded and is being treated in hospital.

"It's probably one of the worst multiple shootings that I've seen in a long time," said Police Chief Michael McGrath. "I've seen a lot of previous ones, but this ranks right up there at the top."

Deputy Chief Ed Tomba said a police helicopter was assisting in the search for the husband and authorities were checking buses.

"He's a danger to the community, so we're putting the pressure on to locate him," McGrath said.

"The ideal thing is for this guy to turn himself in."

Police said there were two rental units in the house, and all the victims were killed in the upstairs apartment, where they lived.

The building is on a tree-lined street of older, mostly two-story houses and some apartment buildings.

Outside the home, a man at a police blockade said he recognized the suspect in a police photo shown on television as the man who recently married his daughter. He said she lived on the street with her three children and with another of his daughters and that woman's twins.

"They told me both my daughters and my grandchildren are dead," said the man, Lamar Arnold, although it was not clear who had told him.

"I don't want to talk about it. I just want to go to my grandson now. I want to see how he is, and that's all I care about now."

He said his newly married daughter had sent him an unusual text message on Thursday evening saying "Call me, live your life, love it."

"Then I tried to call her about 12 times, and there never was an answer," he said.

"This is bad. I mean, anytime you shoot children, it's bad," McGrath said. "When children have to die, it's terrible.

"This gentleman is responsible for several children being murdered, pure and simple. It's tough for anybody to see this."


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