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Published: Saturday, July 02, 2016 @ 6:14 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 07, 2016 @ 11:24 AM
CLEARCREEK TWP. — We continue to gather details about the murder-suicide Saturday in Clearcreek Twp. where a woman was fatally shot by her husband, who also shot and wounded her brother before fatally shooting himself.
UPDATE @ 11:23 a.m. July 7
Visitation for Lauren Walker is set for 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 14 at First Baptist Church of Springboro, 80 Greenwood Lane, Springboro.
Arrangements are being made by Baker-Hazel & Snider Funeral Home in Dayton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a college fund for Alexa and Sienna, in Lauren’s memory.
Online memories and condolences may be left for the family at www.bakerhazelsnider.com.
UPDATE @ 7:57 a.m. July 6
We have received the 9-1-1 audio record from the murder-suicide in Clearcreek Twp. where a man shot his wife and her brother before turning the gun on himself.
Lauren Walker died of her injuries on Sunday. Police said her husband, Eric Gene Walker, shot her then her brother, Justin Michel, before fatally shooting himself.
Justin Michel survived the incident and has since been released from the hospital.
The 9-1-1 caller identified himself as the stepfather of Lauren and Justin. He told the dispatcher, “There’s been a shooting. There’s been a shooting. Please send an ambulance.”
The caller quickly explained to the Warren County dispatcher that his son-in-law shot his stepdaughter and stepson and then shot himself.
The caller answered the dispatcher’s questions, saying the weapon used was a “small .380” and it was lying on the ground next to his son-in-law who was not breathing.
While on the phone with the dispatcher, the 9-1-1 caller spoke to Justin, who was alert despite having suffered a gunshot to the groin area.
“Wherre are you shot at Justin?” In the groin? The ambulance is coming.”
The caller told the dispatcher he couldn’t tell where his stepdaughter was shot. He said she was not alert and he wasn’t sure if she was breathing.
“They’ve been going through a divorce. She’s been talking about divorcing him,” he told the dispatcher.
The 9-1-1 call ended after police arrived on scene.
UPDATE @ 10 p.m.
Lauren Walker, a 32-year-old woman who was flown to Miami Valley Hospital following a triple shooting on Saturday has died, according to a hospital official.
Walker died around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, the official said.
UPDATE @ 1:35 p.m.
The Warren County Sheriff’s Office has released further details about the triple shooting Saturday night in a Clearcreek Twp. neighborhood.
The shooter has been identified as Eric Gene Walker, 33, of Clearcreek Twp.
According to the release, Eric Walker shot and injured his wife, 32-year-old Lauren C. Walker, then shot and injured her brother, 33-year-old Justin B. Michel, before he fatally shot himself.
Eric and Lauren were in the process of separating because of domestic issues, according to the sheriff’s office.
Just prior to 6 p.m., Eric Walker got a pistol from a vehicle parked near the residence in the 1300 block of Wispering Woods Lane and confronted his wife in the driveway where an argument ensued. Eric shot Lauren once and when her brother went to see what happened, Eric shot him in the upper leg, according to the sheriff’s office.
Lauren Walker was taken by Careflight to Miami Valley Hospital and Michel was taken to a hospital by squad, according to the sheriff’s office.
Lauren Walker was listed in critical condition Sunday afternoon. Her brother’s condition was not immediately available.
UPDATE @ 12:30 p.m.
The Warren County Coroner’s Office has identified the man who shot his wife and brother-in-law before turning the gun on himself.
Eric Gene Walker, 33, of Clearcreek Twp., died as a result of the suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the coroner’s office.
The shooting was reported around 6 p.m. in the driveway of the home in the 1300 block of Whispering Woods Lane, a quiet neighorhood with homes on oversized lots in Clearcreek Twp. near Springboro in Warren County.
A woman was taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital, and a man with a gunshot wound to the groin also was taken to a local hospital.
Clearcreek Twp. Police Chief John Terrill said it is the first incident of its kind in the nine years he’s been chief. He insisted during a news conference Saturday night that the public was not in danger following the triple shooting.
“The shooter is deceased,” said Terrill. “We understand they were going through a divorce. He was here on the property with them, and at some point in time he obtained a gun and shot his brother-in-law, shot his wife and then shot himself.”
The names of the three involved in the shooting have not been released. The woman’s condition is most concerning, the chief said. She was taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital. However, the chief said he does not believe the man shot in the groin has life-threatening injuries. The chief said he was taken to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown. However, he may have been transferred to Miami Valley Hospital, where Clearcreek Fire District Capt. Kent Clary said both victims were taken.
There were children present at the time of the shooting. They are in the care of relatives who were also at the home, the chief said. However, he was not able to confirm whether any of the children were those of the shooting victims.
The Warren County Sheriff’s Office and Warren County Coroner’s Office is assisting in the investigation.
Although the chief said the general public was not in danger following the triple shooting, local residents said they were alarmed.
Danielle Fischer, who lives nearby and often bikes or walks through the neighborhood, said she immediately was concerned about safety, and was worried there was a gunman on the loose.
“Any type of disturbance in a neighborhood that’s so quiet like this is disturbing for anybody that lives around here, especially with it being domestic,” Fischer said.