Police are investigating the deaths of four people in Blue Springs as a possible murder-suicide.

Police are investigating the deaths of four people in Blue Springs as a possible murder-suicide.


Police were called to a home in the 1200 block of Northwest Cheshire Place at 12:54 p.m. Friday after a woman called 911 and said she had gone into the duplex and found four members of a family dead inside.


Sgt. Joe Fanara, spokesperson for the Blue Springs Police Department, confirmed the deaths. He said the victims are a 23-year-old man, a 22-year-old woman and two children, ages 2 and 4. Police have not released the names or the causes of death.


The Associated Press reported that the children were daughters of the woman and that police were investigating deaths as a possible murder-suicide. Police found a handgun in the home but said the victims died by “multiple means,” the AP reported.


Fanara said police were not “actively” looking for a suspect and that no one was in custody on Friday. Police were, however, speaking to the woman who called police as well as another person. He said they are cooperating.


“We’re just trying to piece the incident together at this time,” he said.


Dillon Sparks, a longtime neighbor who lives on nearby Oxford Lane, said he was inside his home at about 12:30 p.m. Friday when he heard screaming.


“I heard lots of screaming and I came outside and there was a woman outside, sitting on the curb,” Sparks said. “She kept saying, ‘They’re dead, they’re dead.’”


Sparks also said he saw a shirtless man walking around the property kicking things.


“He was just going crazy,” Sparks said.


He called police and was told officers were en route.


Sparks said the family had just moved in, but he hadn’t noticed anything unusual.


“They seemed nice,” he said. “There were kids coming in and out all the time.”


A four-year resident of the neighborhood, Sparks said he has not experienced any disturbances or trouble in the area.


“It scares me a little this happened, yeah,” he said. “It’s crazy. When I found out later what happened … it’s nuts to think that’s what it was.”


Richard Berney, who lives a couple homes down from Sparks, said he heard no disturbance; he was up late the night before because power had gone out in the neighborhood Thursday night and he was sleeping.


“It’s a relatively quiet neighborhood,” Berney said. “Nothing like this has happened before.”


Kids were gathered at one end of the street. One of the boys, who didn’t offer his name, said he had played with the kids a few times. He said he saw a man run up to the door of the home and pound several times on it before entering.


“Cops came about 15 minutes later,” he said.