In a statement today from Butler Twp. police said Marlow may have fled Ohio.
— Clyde Knox, 82, Eva Knox, 78, Sarah Anderson, 41, and a 15-year-old woman were killed in the shooting, according to the Montgomery County coroner’s office. The four people live in two separate houses, just one house apart and next door to Marlow’s parents’ house.
— The FBI is assisting with the investigation as Marlow may have crossed state lines. In a statement on Twitter, the FBI said: The #FBI and Butler Twp. Police are searching for Stephen Marlow, a person of interest in multiple shootings today. He was last seen in a white 2007 Ford Edge with Ohio license plate JES 9806. Call 937-233-2080, 1-800-Call-FBI or http://tips.fbi.gov with information.
— Wanda Pence has lived in her Hardwicke home, located across the street from two of the shootings, since the 1970s. She told the Dayton Daily News today that she always felt safe in her neighborhood.
“People don’t even run stop signs in this neighborhood,” he said. “You hear all the time on the news, ‘Oh, this is a very quiet neighborhood, nothing ever happens here.’ But it is the truth; nothing ever happens here. I am shocked.”
Pence said that while she is not particularly close with the neighbors around her, they are all friendly when seen outside.
“It is very disheartening that this has happened here,” he said. “We will have to process this. It will certainly affect the neighborhood and give it a different feel.”
— A nearby neighbor who declined to give his name Saturday said he has lived in the neighborhood for more than three decades.
Visibly upset, the man said that he and his wife had offered their home as an area for families of the victims to gather immediately after the shooting.
The man said he did not know the suspected shooter, but recently heard there were apparently minor issues with Marlow and other neighbors, including residents of Hardwicke Place.
“He would yell at them and say, ‘Turn the noise down, they’re too noisy in this neighborhood,’” the man said, noting that he had not personally witnessed Marlow’s screams but had heard this from others. in the neighborhood. “They said he did that all the time, that he would yell at you if you were outside.”
— Marlow has connections to Chicago, where he lived for some time; Lexington, where she attended college; and Indianapolis, the FBI said.
Marlow graduated from Butler High School in 2001 and from the University of Kentucky at Lexington, according to background checks obtained by the Dayton Daily News.
He lived and worked in Chicago as a merchant from 2006 to 2018, according to his LinkedIn profile. He recently lived with his parents on Haverstraw Avenue, one of the streets where part of the shooting took place, police said.
— Butler Twp. Police said they don’t believe there is an ongoing threat to the neighborhood.
— The City of Vandalia has closed several public areas of the city as a precaution as Stephen Marlow, 39, remains at large. In a statement, the city said the recreation center and all outdoor activities, as well as the Cassel Hills Golf Course, the Cassel Hills Pool and the Vandalia Senior Center will also be closed Saturday.
These closures are being implemented solely as a precautionary measure, as there have been no known specific threats to any City facility.
Vandalia residents will see an increased police presence tonight and tomorrow, and City leaders will continually assess the situation and make adjustments as necessary.
— A community prayer event has been organized and will be held Monday at 5 pm in the Butler High School parking lot. The event is meant to show a message of hope, strength, love and support in the midst of the recent tragedy, according to a Facebook post from the City of Vandalia.
— Neighbors are in shock from the shooting. Wendy Chapman lives next door to one of the houses on Hardwicke Place wrapped in crime scene tape. “I don’t know how to feel. I’m still in a daze,” she said, describing the neighborhood as “so quiet. … At this point, I am angry. I feel violated. My question is why. I can’t even imagine it.
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Four people were shot and killed Friday morning in a quiet neighborhood on Butler Twp., and police said Friday afternoon they were looking for a person of interest in connection with the crime.
PHOTOS: Police investigate shooting in Butler Township
Butler Twp. Police Chief John Porter said officers were dispatched to the area of Hardwicke Place and Haverstraw Avenue around 11:45 a.m. and located “multiple crime scenes” and four victims with gunshot wounds. All four people died at the scene.
The chief identified Stephen Marlow, 39, as a person of interest in the deaths. Police described him as a 5-foot-11, 160-pound white male with short brown hair. He was last seen wearing shorts and a yellow T-shirt, and Porter said he was possibly driving a white 2007 Ford Edge SUV with Ohio license plate JES-9806.
Two houses were surrounded by crime scene tape near the intersection of Hardwicke and Haverstraw. One of the houses, in the 7200 block of Hardwicke, shares part of a rear fence with a house in the 2600 block of Haverstraw that is owned by a Marlow family, according to county property records.
“If anyone sees (Stephen) Marlow or knows about the vehicle, they should call 911 immediately and not go near him as he is likely armed and dangerous,” Porter said. “We do not believe there is an ongoing threat to the neighborhood at this time, but we will continue to have teams in the area should Marlow return.”
The names of the victims have not been released and it is unclear what triggered the shooting.
“We are working to determine if there is a reason for this horrific tragedy or if mental illness played a role,” Porter said.
A man at the scene of Friday’s shooting declined to give his name but said his daughter and granddaughter were killed in the shooting.
The Butler Twp. The neighborhood where the shooting occurred is about a mile west of the Miller Lane development, just south of Little York Road.
“This is the first violent crime in this neighborhood in recent memory,” Porter said.
Wendy Chapman lives next door to one of the houses on Hardwicke Place wrapped in crime scene tape.
“I don’t know how to feel. I’m still in a daze,” she said, describing the neighborhood as “so quiet. … At this point, I am angry. I feel violated. My question is why. I can’t even imagine it.
She described her neighbours, a couple and their daughter, as a “nice, normal family”.
“We were not close but always very close friends. His teenage daughter was friendly,” Chapman said. “We always saw them around when we were mowing the lawn and we always (talked) back and forth. You know… just neighbor stuff.
Porter encouraged residents in the area to remain vigilant and review any security camera footage they may have from the previous Friday.
“We ask anyone with any possible information regarding this incident or Marlow’s whereabouts to call our dispatch center at 937-233-2080.”
Marlow, 39, of Haverstraw Avenue, was convicted of aggravated robbery and aggravated threats in February 2020, stemming from a July 2019 incident at Vandalia. He was sentenced to five years of community control, but that probation ended on Feb. 9, according to Montgomery County Common Pleas Court records.
Porter told Butler Twp. police were receiving support from Vandalia police and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, as well as state and federal officials. He said the Dayton Bomb Squad was hired as an “out of an abundance of caution” to ensure there are no more imminent threats to the normally quiet neighborhood.
A man who identified himself as a relative said his daughter and granddaughter were dead inside one of the houses. The man, who did not give his name, had left a section of the crime scene tape where others had gathered to find out what happened.