CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Cleveland Division of Police said a total of four people -- two children and two adults -- were found dead in Slavic Village Tuesday morning.
The first victim was found shot to death in an open field around 8 a.m. in the 3700 block of East 63rd Street, according to police.
Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene.
The victim is 35-year-old David Cousin, according to his sister.
He lived next door to the three other murder victims, a 25-year-old female, a 6-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl
Cousin’s landlord, Anthony Detillo, called his late tenant a nice guy, a good worker and a stand-up guy who would help anybody.
“He lived upstairs in the front unit, and the people in back they were in a separate house in the back downstairs,” said Detillo. He speculated that the children were toddlers.
Detectives canvassed the area and responded to a nearby home after receiving information related to the investigation.
Police and firefighters forced their way into the home after smelling smoke coming from the structure.
"They went to a residence because they smelled smoke. That’s why our fire guys are on the scene. Once inside they discovered other fatalities. Two children and one adult female,” said Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams during an on-scene press conference.
A few neighbors said they were filled with regret, because they had heard what sounded like gunshots.
“I just feel so bad, because we heard the gunshots and we didn’t even call. Like, that is so sad,” one woman said.
Arson investigators were seen removing possible evidence from the home on the property.
Williams said the investigation is still in its early stages, but he noted that there were several persons of interest that officers are trying to track down.
Williams would not speculate on the connection between the man found shot to death and the three other murder victims in the home.
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We will update the story as we learn more information.