UPDATE: Names released in Culver double shooting

By: Newscenter 16 Staff Email
By: Newscenter 16 Staff Email

 
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Stephen Suthard, 16, and Michael Price, 44, were found dead inside a Culver home from gunshot wounds.

The incident happened at a home in the 400 block of Madison Street Wednesday night. Suthard and Price are both from Culver.

Police are trying to figure out how the incident happened and say they are not ruling anything out at this point. They were out at the scene all night and into the morning, inspecting the home and even searching the cars.

A gun was found inside the home with one of the deceased but it is not clear which one.

Police also found a large gun inside of a car parked nearby but it is unclear what relation that may have to this investigation at this time.

An autopsy is scheduled on Monday for both victims. Police are not labeling the incident a murder or murder suicide until they get more answers from the autopsy reports. The victims were not related, but were close family friends. Suthard did not live at the home.

Price's wife came home to find her husband and the teen dead. She thenran to a neighbors house for help and that neighbor then called 911.

Police say there haven't been any past incidents of domestic violence and there were no signs of forced entry.

"Its been several years since we had a homicide, an actual homicide in our community," said Culver Police Chief Wayne Bean. "I think it dates back thirty years.”

News of their deaths comes as a surprise to neighbors who had gotten to know price as a friendly face on their block.

"I used to work with Mike at the Edgewater Grill. I've known him 10 years or better," said Tammy Shaffer who lives across the street. "He recently got married about three or four years ago. They were a nice couple. Worked in the yard. Talked to them on occasion as neighbors do.”

The teenage shooting victim was a sophomore at Culver Community High School. The principal tells me they had grief counselors available for students Thursday.

Many of Suthard's friends are joining a Facebook memorial page and sharing their memories of him.

A vigil is scheduled for Thursday night at the Wesley United Methodist church at 7 p.m..

The police chief says the public is not in danger.


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