“It’s hard because children died. It’s also hard because one of our officers was here an hour before this call. He was called here by a concerned family member from out of state who wanted us to check on the welfare of the supposed victim in this home,” Ernster said.
“Our officer did come here, he did speak with her at the door and explain while he was there, and she looked at him and said, ‘I’m OK, tell them I’m OK.'”
Police visited the house one other time before Saturday for a welfare check after receiving a call from someone concerned that the woman could be in danger and “possibly involved in a domestic type situation,” Ernster added.
Officials are investigating who was at the scene at the time of the shooting as well as the circumstances surrounding the triple homicide.
The Ramsey County medical examiner will work to identify the victims and determine their cause of death, police said.
Axtell added that “investigators and officers will continue to work around the clock until they find the person responsible.”