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Parents, daughter killed in Iowa shooting; 7 die in Indiana firings

DES MOINES (Iowa), July 25: Two parents and a daughter were shot dead in Iowa State Park on weekend. Tyler and Sarah Schmidt, both 42, and their daughter Lula, 6, were killed and Arlo Schmidt, 9, their son survived the attack on Friday. The suspected gunman, identified as Anthony Orlando Sherwin, 23, from Nebraska, was also found dead at the scene. He appeared to have shot himself dead.

The incident took place while they were camping in Iowa's Maquoketa Caves State Park campground, more than 200 km east of Des Moines, during a family vacation. They died in their tent, police from the Jackson County said. he motive is not known yet.

"This morning, our neighbor and Cedar Falls Public Library employee Sarah Schmidt, along with her husband Tyler, and daughter Lula lost their lives to a 23-year-old gunman who then took his own life," Cedar Falls Mayor Rob Green, who knew Sarah for her work at the public library, wrote on Facebook.

A relative said, "Family and friends are supporting him as best we can. Funds will help Arlo now, and build some savings for his future education." More than $136,000 had been raised by Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile, two men and a woman and the alleged gunman were killed at a mall shooting in Greenwood in Indiana, on July 17. The gunman entered the Greenwood Park Mall with a rifle and several rounds of ammunition and began firing in the food court. A bystander shot the gunman, preventing further casualties.

Earlier, 3 were killed and 7 wounded in a shooting during Indiana Independence Day celebration in Gary on July 5.

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