Police probe deaths of family of five in Maine

DAVID SHARP Associated Press Published:

SACO, Maine -- Neighbors struggled to make sense of the shooting deaths of a family of five in which the father was known to many throughout their apartment complex as a friendly maintenance worker.

Three children ranging from 4 to 12 were among the victims discovered Sunday in their home along with a long-barreled gun believed to have been used in their deaths. A detective said murder-suicide was one of the scenarios being investigated.

Investigators said it appeared no one outside the family was responsible for the shootings. They planned to release the identities on today.

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