Seven Killed ‘Execution-Style’ in Ohio, Officials Say

iStock/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) --  At least seven people are dead in what appeared to be "execution-style killings" this morning in Piketon, Ohio, according to officials.

Early indications show that the victims -- believed to be five adults and two juveniles -- were "shot to death" and found in three homes on Union Hill Road in Piketon, according to a news release from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader. The victims may be family members, police said.

This was "not an active shooter situation" and no arrests were made as of this afternoon, the news release said.

"The investigation is in its very early stages," officials said, adding that "authorities are still investigating to determine a motive, identify the deceased, and determine if the gunman is among the deceased individuals or on the loose.

Agents with the Ohio Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) are leading the investigation at the request of Pike County's sheriff, officials said.

 A local high school and elementary school were placed on lockdown, and security at the nearby Adams County Regional Medical Center was beefed up, a spokesman for the medical center told ABC News.

Further information was not immediately available, officials said.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.


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