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Gunman kills three people at Iowa state park

Iowa State Park Shooting
Iowa State Park Shooting

Three people were killed and the suspected gunman was killed in a shooting at a state park in eastern Iowa early Friday morning, police said.

Mike Krapfle, special agent in charge of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, said in a statement that officers responded to a report of shots fired at Maquoketa Cave State Park Campground just before 6:30 a.m.

Mr. Krapfle said officers responding to reports of a shooting found three people dead at the scene, but did not say how they died and did not release their identities.

Iowa State Park Shooting
An Iowa State Patrolman walks past the sign at Maquoketa Caves State Park (Nicos Frazier/Quad City Times via AP)

Officers searching the campground later found the body of a Nebraska man who had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, he said.

Authorities identified him as 23-year-old Anthony Sherwin.

The camp ground was evacuated after the firing.

A children’s summer camp at the site, Camp Shalom, said in a Facebook post that parents had been notified and that it had set up a pick-up site for campers.

Camp Shalom officials said they accounted for all campers.

Mr Krapfle said the park was closed but there was no longer a threat to the public.


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