WEST CHESTER TWP., OH (FOX19) - A law enforcement source tells FOX19 that a dive team with Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation recovered a gun from a pond Tuesday at an apartment complex where four people were killed.
It was not immediately clear whether the weapon was used in the slayings.
Neighbors said they saw a gun retrieved from the pond.
“The neighbors next to me actually said ‘Hey, they got the gun.’ And I could see them holding something. I could just see them carrying something up to the shore and they put it in a white bucket."
Rick Karvosky said he believes he witnessed the exact moment when the weapon was discovered.
“One of the guys before was walking with a metal detector and that’s - all of a sudden he looked up, shouted and everybody rushed toward him.”
Dive teams left the scene around 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday was the second consecutive day authorities scoured the pond for a weapon and other evidence.
The pond is located behind the victims’ apartment building at Lakefront at West Chester off Wyndtree Drive in the western portion of the township.
A dive team with the Hamilton County Police Association also searched it Monday.
The Butler County Coroner’s Office identified the victims Tuesday as Hakikat Singh Panag, 59, his wife Paramjit Kaur, 62, their daughter Shalinder Kaur, 39, and his wife’s sister, Amarjit Kaur, 58.
All four died of gunshot wounds, coroner’s officials said.
Singh Panag is a member of the temple, where he and his family attended service on a regular basis, according to the temple.
West Chester and Indian officials said Tuesday they do not consider the family’s murders a hate crime.
“West Chester is aware that many questions have been raised about Sunday’s homicides and a connection to the victims’ faith/nationality,” said township spokeswoman Barb Wilson in a statement Tuesday.
“At this point in the investigation, there is no reason to believe that this is a hate crime.”
The family was found by another relative just before 10 p.m. Sunday, according to a 911 phone call.
A man who sounded out of breath told a dispatcher he came home and discovered his wife, mother, father and aunt.
“They’re all down....No one’s talking. No one’s talking,” he said, according to the recording.
Police said in a news conference Monday they have no suspects or persons of interest.
At the same time, they called this an isolated incident and the community is not in danger.
However, an increased police presence has been visible this week in the area of the complex.