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Domestic dispute leads to 6 deaths

A domestic dispute erupted into a mass killing in southern Wisconsin, leaving six people, including two infant boys, shot to death, and a 2-year-old girl with a gunshot to her chest.
A shooting at this house in Delavan, Wis., on Sunday left six people dead and a 2-year-old injured.
A shooting at this house in Delavan, Wis., on Sunday left six people dead and a 2-year-old injured.Morry Gash / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

A domestic dispute erupted into a mass killing in southern Wisconsin, leaving six people, including two infant boys, shot to death, and a 2-year-old girl with a gunshot to her chest.

A prosecutor said late Sunday no one was in custody but that police weren’t looking for a suspect and no one else was in danger. Officials often use such language when the shooter is among the dead.

“What we have is a complicated death scene and we’re investigating all the possibilities,” said Kevin St. John, a spokesman with the state Justice Department, which is leading the investigation.

Walworth County District Attorney Phillip Koss said the shooting was part of a domestic dispute, but he wouldn’t elaborate until autopsies were completed and the crime scene was fully evaluated.

Officers, responding to a report of shots fired, stormed an A-frame duplex Saturday night with weapons drawn, kicking in the door, neighbor Richard Heideman said. He saw two paramedics go in behind them and come back out minutes later.

“That’s when I knew everybody was dead,” Heideman said.

As the bodies were wheeled out, one onlooker dropped to his knees on a neighbor’s lawn and threw his hands to the sky in prayer.

The 2-year-old girl was found in a nearby van, seriously wounded. A male family member who escaped the shooting was helping investigators.

Names released
Police released the names of the dead Monday. The adults were Nicole Marie McAffee, 19, the mother of the three children; McAffee’s sister, Ashley Lynn Huerta, 21; McAffee’s ex-boyfriend and the children’s father, Ambrosio Analco, 23; and Vanessa Iverson, 19, a family friend of McAffee.

Also killed were McAffee’s twin boys, Isaiah Christian Analco and Argenis Analco, who were less than a year old.

The twin’s 2-year-old sister, Jasmine, was in serious condition at University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison.

Marco Pastrana, Ambrosio Analco’s cousin, said Analco no longer lived with the children’s mother. Analco left Pastrana’s house Saturday night to drop the kids off with her at the duplex, Pastrana said.

The landlord of the complex, Duane Brellenthin, said two sisters rented the upstairs apartment. He declined to name them, deferring to police. He said they’d lived there about a year and a half, and he’d never had problems with them.

'I want answers'
With tears in her eyes, Kay Macara said on Sunday that her daughter, Iverson, went to the apartment the previous night to visit friends.

“My child,” she said. “I want answers.”

Monday morning, a cluster of teddy bears, stuffed bunnies, a dinosaur and candles stood under a tree outside the duplex.

Neighbor Leandra Mena, 65, said she heard what she thought were firecrackers coming from the house around 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

“I thought it was firecrackers because it’s so close to the Fourth of July,” she said.

Police cordoned off two blocks around the duplex for most of the day. On Sunday morning neighbors, some still bleary-eyed, clustered on the sidewalks, watching investigators move bodies out of the house.

Tina McKinnon, 37, lives about a block away and said there was never any commotion at the house. “The children were very pleasant,” she said.

Delavan, home to about 8,000 people, lies in the farm fields and woods between Janesville and Milwaukee. The P.T. Barnum Circus, “The Greatest Show on Earth,” was founded in Delavan in 1871, and statues of circus animals decorate the town square.