Iowa state park shooting: In what appeared to be a triple homicide on Friday in Maquoketa Caves State Park in eastern Iowa, Anthony Orlando Sherwin, the suspect was also discovered dead from what officials believe to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
According to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the victims—Tyler and Sarah Schmidt, both 42, and 6-year-old Lula Schmidt, all of Cedar Falls, Iowa—were discovered dead in a tent at the state park campsite just after 6:20 a.m. on Friday.
According to the police department, “officers subsequently discovered that a camper was unaccounted for,” noting that this prompted a search of the area that resulted in the discovery of 23-year-old Anthony O. Brown’s death west of the park. He seems to have shot himself in the head before dying.
Brown was from Nebraska, was reportedly armed, and didn’t seem to have any prior connections to the Schmidts, according to investigators.
The public is not at risk, according to the authorities.
As authorities look into the triple killing, no motive has been disclosed.
Mitch Mortvedt, the division’s associate director, said the victims were linked but didn’t go into any detail.
Who is Anthony Orlando Sherwin?
A summer camp for kids was among the facilities that had to be evacuated when the remains were found in the park and campground. Anthony Sherwin, age 23, was the sole person still missing following the evacuation, according to Mortvedt.
“He was rumored to carry a gun. Naturally, that increased our awareness “explained Mortvedt. In almost every part of the state, Iowans with permits may carry weapons. Officials declined to comment on Sherwin’s permit status.
Later, Sherwin’s corpse was found in the park’s wooded section with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Sherwin had no prior acquaintance with the victims, according to Mortvedt, who also claimed that Sherwin was the shooter.
Sherwin, according to The Des Moines Register, was born in La Vista, Nebraska. According to La Vista Police Chief Bob Lausten, Sherwin resided with his parents in an apartment building and had no prior history of criminal activity.
Mortvedt stated that Sherwin and the victims’ autopsies will be carried out over the weekend, and based on the results, further information would probably be made public.
The park is roughly 50 miles east of Cedar Rapids and was still closed on Friday.
According to Iowa DNR Director Kayla Lyon, “Our long-standing tradition of enjoying Iowa’s natural treasures was rattled today, but the legacy for the millions of families that enjoy recreation in Iowa State Parks will continue.”
Mortvedt said he was unable to confirm whether the alleged shooter had a criminal history. In Nebraska and Iowa, a review of online court records turned up no evidence of past criminal activity.
Updates on the Iowa state park shooting will go here.
Follow us on Twitter to get instant notification on the latest news.
News Analyst and Content manager.