Dad and two sons found dead following horror shooting on family farm

Dad and two sons found dead following horror shooting on family farm


A dad and two sons have been found dead following a horror shooting at a family farm.

A massive police presence has swarmed the farmhouse in Co Cork in Ireland after the shootings, with two rifles and a shotgun found at the scene.

The body of one of the sons, described as in his 20s, was found in a bedroom of the farmhouse.

The bodies of his dad, in his late 50s and his brother, also in his 20s, were found up to half a kilometre away in a field, the Irish Mirror reports.

Gardai (Irish Police) have been in attendance at the property in Assolas, Kanturk, since 6.30am, after reports of a shooting came in.

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It was reported that Gardai had been alerted to the scene after a neighbour heard gunshots.

Other reports state a woman in her 60s raised the alarm this morning, turning up at a neighbour’s home, appearing distraught and saying there had been a shooting at her family home.

Negotiators attempted to make contact with anyone in the house. However after 1pm, the body of the son was found in a bedroom at the house in Assolas, Kanturk.

Later, the body of another man in his 20s and a man in his late 50s were found in the adjoining lands after an air search.

Gardai have sealed off the area with a major investigation underway.

A garda spokesperson said: “Both locations have been declared as crime scenes and An Garda Síochána has commenced a full investigation into all the circumstances of the incident under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer. 

“The State pathologist and the Garda Technical Bureau have been contacted and are on the way to both scenes.

“A family liaison officer has been appointed and an incident room has been established in Kanturk.

“An Garda Síochána is not looking for any other persons in connection with this incident at this time.

“An Garda Síochána is appealing to any person who may have any information which may assist in the investigation of the incidents which occurred this morning to contact investigating Garda at Mallow Garda Station 022 31450, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.”

RTE reports the woman in her 60s raised the alarm this morning, with Gardai being told that three males were in the house, and that one may have suffered from gunshot wounds.

Upon arrival, police were told that more gunshots had been heard locally.

Local police and other emergency services called for backup after arriving at the farmhouse, with the Armed Response Unit from Cork city being among the first on the scene.

The Emergency Response Unit from Dublin then arrived in an Air Corps helicopter, while hostage negotiators were brought in in case they were needed.

Officers initiated their critical firearms incident response, and negotiators attempted to make contact with anyone in the property during the morning.

It wasn’t until after 1pm that police decided it was safe to enter the property after an assessment was made, where they made the horror find before an aerial search revealed the other two bodies in adjoining lands at around 1.40pm.

A full investigation has been launched, and the state pathologist and the Garda Technical Bureau are to visit both scenes.

Cordons are in place around the isolated farmhouse, reportedly on the outskirts of Kanturk in north Cork, and on surrounding roads.


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