KAMIAH — Three people died in a shooting incident reported Monday evening at the Sundown Motel, Lewis County Sheriff Jason Davis told the Idaho County Free Press newspaper. It is being investigated as a possible murder-suicide.
Davis said the identities of those involved will not immediately be released pending notification of family and as the investigation allows. Davis said investigators do not believe there is any ongoing threat connected with this incident to the rest of the community.
According to a news release from the sheriff’s office, the shooting occurred about 5 p.m. Monday at the Sundown Motel located on the 1000 block of Third Street in Kamiah. It appears all the individuals involved were acquainted with each other.
Multiple county, state and federal law enforcement agencies helped process the crime scene Monday, but the lead investigation is under the direction of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, Davis said.
As of Monday night, there was no confirmation on the status of the suspect in this incident, or if the suspect is one of the three listed as deceased, the Free Press reported.
Davis and Kamiah Fire-Rescue Chief Bill Arsenault both said the public doesn't need to lock down its homes or businesses, and there is no active threat.
“Everything was contained where we are at,” Davis told the Free Press, “and we’ll be processing that throughout the night.”
Residents at the motel were allowed to leave the area, as well as to return to gather items they need, Davis told the Free Press. Motel residents who are in an area where law enforcement is not actively processing evidence will be let in and out.
“Yesterday, the Kamiah Community experienced a great loss and tragedy," Kamiah Mayor Betty Heater said in a prepared statement reported by the Free Press. "It was an even greater loss for the families of the victims of the shooting. My heart breaks for their loss and I cannot imagine the pain they are in. They are in our prayers.”