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Parents, two children and three dogs found shot to death in a Chicago-area home

Officers checking on a family at a Chicago-area home found two parents and two children fatally shot and said police were still searching for clues about anyone who may have been involved.

The discoveries were made Sunday evening after a family member asked police for a “welfare check” because one of the victims did not show up for work that day, Romeoville Police Department Deputy Chief Chris Burne said.

“We do not believe that the perpetrator is currently among the victims,” he said during a press conference on Monday. “It’s not a murder-suicide.”

Police officers investigate the scene in Romeoville, Illinois, on September 18, 2023. (NBC Chicago)

Three dogs were also found at the home, also fatally shot, he said.

The parents were identified as Alberto Rolon and Zoralda Bartolomei, the deputy chief said. It was not clear whether they were married, he said, but they were the parents of the two minor victims.

These two were not identified and Burne declined to release their ages and genders, citing the ongoing investigation and its “sensitive” nature.

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“A member of the family did not show up for work at 6 a.m. on Sunday morning, September 17, and did not respond to phone calls throughout the day, causing family members to become concerned,” Romeoville police said in a statement Monday. .

Officers made the discovery after the report on Sunday at 8:43 p.m., the department said.

Detectives believe the shootings happened between 9 p.m. Saturday and 5 a.m. Sunday, Burne said. It wasn’t clear exactly why.

Any possible motive was a mystery, but the deputy chief said police do not believe the community was in danger because detectives believe more than 18 hours have passed since the crime occurred.

Detectives are looking for anyone who may have been involved and hope witnesses and tipsters can help. “Anyone with information should contact the Romeoville Police Department,” police said in the statement Monday.

Burne said police are not actively searching for suspected attackers near the home.

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“We are not actively looking for anyone in the area,” Burne said.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com

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