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Suspicious parent, uncle among the seven killed in "cruel" mass killings in Tennessee



A 25-year-old man is accused of killing seven people, including his parents and uncle, when he broke out on two separate scenes in Sumner County, Tennessee.

Ray Whitley, Sumner District Attorney, called the killings one of the "most horrible cases" he dealt with. David Rausch, director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, described it as "cruel" and "complex" on Monday.

Suspicious 25-year-old Michael Cummins was found in a remote area near the crime scenes on Saturday, authorities said. Six were found dead at a crime scene on Saturday, and one was found dead at the other.

  PHOTO: Michael Cummins was arrested as a person of interest after five people were found dead in two apartments in Sumner, Tenn County. April 27, 2019.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
Michael Cummins was detained as a person of interest after five people were found dead in two apartments in Sumner County, Tenn., On April 27, 2019.

The parents of the suspect, David Cummins, 51, and Clara Cummins, 44, and the suspect's uncle, Charles Hosale, 45, were found dead among the six on the Charles Brown Road scene, Rausch said on Monday Press conference.

The authorities are working to identify the relationship between Michael Cummins and the other victims in the first scene. These victims were identified as twelve-year-old Sapphire McGlothlin-Pee; Sapphire's mother, Rachel McGlothlin-Pee; and Sapphire's grandmother, Marsha Nuckols, said the authorities.

  PHOTO: Law enforcement officials work in a command center on April 27, 2019 at the North Sumner Elementary School in Bethpage, Tenn.
Law enforcement officials work at a North Sumner Elementary School command center on April 27, 2019 in Bethpage (Tenn.).

The seventh victim, Shirley Fehrle, was found dead near her on Luby Brown's road, according to TBI. The authorities said Fehrle has no relationship with the suspect.

An eighth victim, a female relative of Michael Cummins, survived and was in critical condition on Monday, Rausch said.

The police did not say how the victims were killed.

Michael Cummins, who already has a criminal background behind him, was shot dead by an official on Saturday when he was arrested and suffered injuries that were not life threatening, the authorities said. He remains in hospital on Monday and has not been formally charged, authorities said.


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