Hopkinsville Police have identified who they believe was the shooter in the Saturday morning double-murder-suicide on Hillaire Drive.
The incident left a father, mother and son dead at 309 Hillaire Drive Saturday morning and Public Information Officer Paul Ray says detectives believe the father—67-year old Tommie Summers—was the gunman.
Tommie Summers’ brother spoke to WSMV TV out of Nashville and said Brian Summers suffered from a mental illness and that Linda Summers had dementia. The man said he believed his brother killed his own family fearing no one would care for them if he died. The family’s dog was also shot, though it was expected to live. Hopkinsville Police say they are not commenting on any possible motive this early in the investigation.
The first call on the Hillaire incident came in from a family member who found the scene around 10am Saturday. The first officers on the scene found the parents dead and Brian critically wounded. Brian would die soon after at Jennie Stuart Medical Center.
Christian County Coroner Dorris Lamb said nothing unexpected came out of the autopsy for each victim at the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office in Madisonville—as all three were determined to have died from a gunshot wound.