CULLOM, Ill. (AP) — A man has been arrested in connection with the Christmas Day shootings of three people in a small eastern Illinois community, authorities said Wednesday.
The suspect, 53, was arrested Wednesday and jailed on three counts of first-degree murder, state police said Thursday. A court hearing was expected Friday.
The bodies of a 51-year-old man, 48-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man were found at a home early Wednesday morning in Cullom.
Dispatchers received a call about the shootings shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday. The names of the victims, their relationships to the suspect and a motive behind the shootings were not immediately released by authorities.
The town is about 95 miles (153 kilometers) southwest of Chicago and has about 550 residents.
“We’re a small community. We’re a quiet community. We don’t have things like this happen,” Mayor Barbara Hahn told The Pantagraph for a story Thursday. “That’s the tragedy of it. We all know each other.”
On Wednesday, Hahn alerted residents about the shootings over Twitter.
“I generally don’t do this,” she wrote. “However, a terrible (incident) took place in our little town on this Christmas … our first responders and families involved sure could use some prayers of comfort. God knows who needs the help. It can happen anywhere.”