Two adults and two children were found dead with gunshot wounds at the scene of a house fire in Houston over the weekend, authorities said.
The victims are reportedly a man and a woman in their 50s and a boy and girl ages 10 to 13 years old. They were not immediately identified.
At approximately 8:10 a.m., on Sunday, August 5, members of the Houston Fire Department were dispatched to a home in the 7500 block of Imogene Street. They put out the fire soon after arriving and found the four people dead during a search of the home.
The fire department is said to believe that investigators will still be able to gather evidence, despite the damage caused by the fire.
Investigators suspect that the deaths were the result of a domestic violence incident. There was not believed to be any signs of forced entry into the home, Click2Houston reported.
"When anybody dies in our city, it upsets us," Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said, per Click2Houston. "But when it’s innocent kids, it’s even more upsetting."
Finner said at a press conference that it is not clear when the shooting occurred in relation to when the fire started. He said that authorities have not ruled anything out when it comes to a potential motive, PEOPLE reported.
"Just real sad," he said, "nobody deserves that — especially little kids."
Finner said at the press conference that he does not feel it was a "random event" or a murder-suicide but assured residents that the suspected perpetrator will be found. He said that the fire could have been an attempt by the shooter to destroy evidence, the Houston Chronicle reported.
"The best thing to do is to just turn yourself in," the chief warned the shooter. He encouraged anyone with any information to contact Houston Police.