Officials confirm three murders at Maquoketa Caves Campground, shooter also dead
MAQUOKETA, Iowa (KWQC) – Three people have died following a shooting at the Maquoketa Caves State Park Campground on Friday morning.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and DCI responded at about 6:23 a.m. to the campground to reports of three murders, according to a media release. Officers later confirmed they had found three dead.
According to DCI, officers learned that an unidentified camper was later identified as 23-year-old Anthony Orlando Sherwin.
After searching the area Sherwin was found dead on the west side of the park, according to DCI. Sherwin appears to have suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
DCI said there is no danger to the public.
It is unclear if there is a link between the suspect and the victims at this time.
Maquoketa Caves State Park is closed until further notice, DCI said. The investigation is ongoing.
DNR Iowa Director Kayla Lyon said she and DNR staff are dedicated to the families affected by the incident.
“Our long tradition of enjoying the natural wonders of Iowa has been shaken today, but the legacy for millions of families to recreate in Iowa State Park will continue,” said Lyon. “This heartbreaking incident happened to the DNR family; not only as outdoor enthusiasts, but also as regulars campers with our family in these very parks. “
Please see below for DNR Director Kayla Lyon’s statement regarding today’s tragic incident at Maquoketa Caves State Park.
Please note that the park is closed at this time until further notice. pic.twitter.com/FN22X3ldCd
– Iowa DNR (@iowadnr) July 22, 2022
“I am appalled by the shooting this morning at Maquoketa Caves State Park and devastated by the loss of three innocent lives,” Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds said in a statement. “As we grieve over this unimaginable tragedy, Kevin and I pray for the victim’s family members and law enforcement officers who responded to the scene. We ask the Iowans to do the same.”
“I am closely monitoring the situation in Maquoketa Caves State Park. Pray for lost lives and their loved ones. I am so grateful to Iowa law enforcement for their response + camp staff for keeping other campers safe The violence is intolerable The killing of innocents is amazing,” Chuck Grassley said on Twitter .
I am closely monitoring the situation in Maquoketa Caves State Park. Praying for the lives lost and their loved ones I’m grateful to Iowa law enforcement for their response + camp staff for keeping other campers safe The violence is intolerable Killing dead innocent ppl is sick
– ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) July 22, 2022
Shalom camp was evacuated at 9:15 a.m. due to the situation, parents were notified and a pick-up location was established. According to Camp Shalom Program Director, Ben Carlson, all campers were counted.
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