ANDOVER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Updated at 12:15 p.m. The Essex County District Attorney Office says officials have found a father, mother, and their 12-year-old son dead from gunshot wounds early Thursday morning in their quiet suburban neighbor Andover home. According to Andover Police, shots were fired in an apparent case of domestic violence— and an instance of murder-suicide.
Officials have identified the deceased as 56-year-old Andrew Robinson, his wife, 55-year-old Linda, and their son, Sebastian. On preliminary inspection, police say Andrew Robinson appears to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“Obviously, we know the how; we’re trying to figure out the why right now, so we’re going to need some time to figure that out,” Andover Police Chief Keefe said.
Essex County District Attorney Paul Tucker said Police were called to 48 Porter Road at about 3:20 a.m. The D.A. said police had to break down two doors to get into the house, finding the victims shortly afterwards. Tucker says there is no ongoing danger to the public as the situation was contained within the residence.
The D.A. said the child was a 6th grader at St. John's Prep in Danvers, which is cancelled today. A St. John's Prep employee tells WBZ NewsRadio that they are "devastated and praying for all involved."
Tucker also took a moment to acknowledge first responders, and the recent string of tragedies that have happened in Massachusetts.
“We only need to look back at the last couple of weeks in Massachusetts, some of the difficult things that our first responders – our State Police detectives, our local detectives, local police officers, firefighters and EMS. These men and women do an extraordinary job under some very difficult circumstances," Tucker said.
Officials are not looking for suspects in the case, and said they would release more information in the coming hours.