Delavan, Wisconsin is a town of eight-thousand people southwest of Milwaukee. Neighbors call it a quiet place to raise kids. But there's no sign of peace now.
Delavan police found six people shot to death in a home at 309 South 2nd St. around 10:30 Saturday night. A two-year old girl found in a minivan outside the house is now in a Madison hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest. She was previously treated at Rockford Memorial Hospital. Delavan police are not releasing information about the victims or shooter until the investigation is complete.
"The canvassing of witnesses, that's what's taking place right now and that's a methodical, meticulus process," says Delavan Police Chief Tim O'Neill.
This woman, Kay Macara, says her daughter, 19-year old Vanessa Iverson was visiting the house at the time of the shootings and is one of the victims. According to Iverson's family, the other people found dead in the house were a friend of Iverson's, the friend's husband, sister and brother-in-law and a set of infant twins, as well as the wounded two-year old.
A neighbor who knew the family well says there was never serious trouble next door, but one of the couples living there had what he called, "Some personal, you know, marriage problems."
Iverson's mother believes that relationship may have been at the root of the violence.
"He drinks a lot, a lot, it's very abusive when he drinks," says Kay Macara.
The Walworth County SWAT Team responding to the report of shots fired sent neighbors either flattened down on the floors of their houses or rushing out their back doors Saturday night. In the aftermath, community members are left in shock and grief.
"Thinking about the children, it's very sad, I have grandchildren and it makes you wonder what if my children had been over there," says neighbor Leandra Mena.
Delavan Police have not confirmed any of the victims identities, but a man who asked not to be identified says his cousin Ambrosio Analco and Analco's infant twins were among the dead. There are also unconfirmed reports that one man escaped the house by jumping out a window.
Police also are not saying whether they are searching for a suspect or believe this is a case of murder-suicide. However, a police press release issued Sunday at 3:00 P.M. states "There is no reason to suspect that any members of the community are at risk."
Wisconsin crime investigators are now handling the case.