Four members of a family from Andhra Pradesh were found dead with gunshot wounds at their house in West Des Moines of Iowa state, USA, on Saturday, police have said.
The incident took place on Saturday morning. The family members were identified as Chandrasekhar Sunkara, 44; Lavanya Sunkara, 41; and two boys, ages 15 and 10.
Preliminary investigations revealed that Sunkara hailed from Tsunduru of Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district. He had gone to the US for higher studies and settled there along with his family. His parents are said to be living in Hyderabad.
A police official said that there was evidence of several rounds firing from the spot. There is no clue about why the murder was committed.
Chandrasekhar had been working with the Information Technology Department for the last 11 years. Records have shown that the family was living in this house since March. After this incident the relatives, friends, and colleagues of the deceased are scared.
Police said there were other family members, including two adults and two children. They were living in the house as guests along with Sunkara, when the incident took place.
“When the victims were discovered, one of the survivors ran outside looking for help. He found a person who had then called the police to inform about the suspicious deaths,” police said.
Based on the complaint from the family members, police have registered a case and are investigating. Officials said primary and technical evidence shows that no other person entered their house before the incident occurred.
‘Sunkara was depressed and might have killed his wife and children’
According to reports, locals told the police that Sunkara was depressed and might have killed his wife and two children and later committed suicide.
Police said they all died of apparent gunshot wounds but an autopsy would determine the exact cause of death.
“This tragedy will impact family, friends, co-workers, anyone that knew this family,” sergeant Dan Wade said in a news release.