Family, neighbors wait for answers after Hilltop fatal shootings

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Brother: Suspect in Ohio shooting that killed 3 was friend.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The suspect in a shooting that killed three members of an Ohio family including a 7-year-old boy was a once friendly neighbor, the brother of one of the victims said Tuesday. Police say Landon Anderson and his parents, John and Christina Anderson, were shot and killed by 50-year-old Barry Kirk in their Columbus home, a Columbus Division of Police spokeswoman tells PEOPLE. “I don’t know if this was a home invasion, if he was let into the house, if they knew the suspect,” Columbus police Sgt. Suspect Barry Kirk lived across the street from John Anderson II on Columbus’ west side and had been in the house and shared meals, said Anderson’s brother, Jason Lozier.

The suspect was shot by officers after a short chase outside the house where the shootings happened, Columbus police said. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins) “My brother never really took it seriously. The spokeswoman says that Kirk was a neighbor of the family and police are working to determine a motive along with the circumstances surrounding the murders. Jeff Drown, who described himself to the AP as a friend of the Anderson family, said that John, 31, had just started a pavement sealing business and was always willing to help others. He also was cited numerous times for traffic violations, pleaded guilty in 2009 to a case of telephone harassment, and had 2004 charges of assault and domestic violence dismissed, records show.

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