Two children were found dead from gunshot wounds Monday at a home on West Third Street in the Hansen Park area of Kennewick, police said.
Police did not release the children’s names and were interviewing family members for more information.
A man told police he arrived at the home at 5 p.m. and found the 16-year-old girl and 12-year-old boy, Sgt. Ken Lattin said.
A handgun was found in the house, Lattin said. There were no signs of a break-in and investigators were not looking for any suspects following the shooting.
Investigators from the Washington State Crime Lab were expected to be at the home through the night.
The police department sometimes requests such investigators at crime scenes where there are multiple victims, Lattin said.
“They have special tools and training to do bullet trajectory and things like that,” he said.
Police did not release any additional information Monday night.
Neighbors gathered outside their houses and on the sidewalks as the sun set Monday night. Many offered their condolences to the family who lives in the house.
Jerry Riggs, who has lived next door since 2005, called his neighbors nice, friendly people.
“It’s sad, man. It’s heartbreaking for the family,” he said. “Everybody is in the same boat, just shocked.”
Oscar Perez lives down the street from the house. He told the Herald that he was home all day and heard no gunshots or unusual sounds. “It’s sad. I’m still in shock,” he said. “I still can’t believe it.”
Another neighbor, who asked not to be named, told the Herald that the children’s parents were “devastated” when they were speaking to officers. He said he came home to four police cars in his driveway and couldn’t believe what had happened.
“It’s horrible,” he said. “I swallowed my heart.”
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