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ISP: Victims identified in Madison, Ind. house fire had 'injuries consistent with gunshot wounds'

The victims were 35, 12, 8 and 6 years old
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Posted at 7:03 AM, Dec 13, 2023
and last updated 2023-12-14 08:39:36-05

MADISON, Ind. — Officials said they found "injuries consistent with gunshot wounds" on all four of the people who were pronounced dead after a house fire in Madison, Ind. Tuesday evening.

Indiana State Police said first responders were called to a home on East Telegraph Hill Road in Jefferson County, which is roughly an hour and a half southwest of Cincinnati, just after 4 p.m. Tuesday.

When first responders entered the home, they found the bodies of four people. ISP said despite officials' efforts to save their lives, 35-year-old Naomi Briner; 12-year-old Adelia Briner; 8-year-old Leland Briner; and 6-year-old Iyla Briner were pronounced dead at the scene. Naomi Briner is believed to be the mother of the three other victims.

Firefighters extinguished the fire and investigators were called to the scene, ISP said.

ISP said further investigation found that "all four of the deceased had injuries consistent with gunshot wounds" when they were located in the home.

Police have not provided information on who may have shot the victims, but "investigators do not believe that there is a threat to the public."

ISP is continuing to investigate alongside multiple other agencies.

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