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Thanksgiving Day Dinner Family Massacre Suspect Still At-Large


Makayla Sitton, 6 and the killer Paul Michael Merhige, 35

Makayla Sitton, 6 and the killer Paul Michael Merhige, 35

ALERT-Miami police are in search of a man who shot dead four of his family members including a child, and injured another relative during a murderous rampage on Thanksgiving Day.

Paul Michael Merhige, 35, is considered armed and dangerous, police in the small Palm Beach town of Jupiter said.
The  incident took place around 10 p.m. Thursday in Jupiter, a small coastal town about 90 miles north of Miami, where a family of 17 was celebrating the occasion.

The AFB is reporting that…among those killed was six-year-old Makayla Sitton, the daughter of Jim Sitton, a photojournalist at the television station who said the girl was in bed when she was shot.

The other victims were all women — Raymonde Joseph, 76, and the suspected shooter’s twin sisters: Carla and Lisa Merhige, 33. A fifth person injured in the shooting, Patrick McKnight, was being treated at a hospital and his condition was unknown, WPTV said, citing officials.

One of the sisters, Lisa Knight, 33, was pregnant, said Jupiter Police spokeswoman Sally Collins-Ortiz. She did not say how far along the woman was in her pregnancy.

Sgt Scott Pascarella said police had received emergency calls after 2200 local time.

“What led to this incident, we’re not quite sure,” said Sgt Pascarella. “It did not appear there was any altercation prior to this shooting.”

Mr Merhige, who has no criminal record, is the cousin of six-year-old Makayla Sitton, AP said quoting police officials.

Police said the girl’s father, Jim Sitton, owned the home in Jupiter, some 150km (90 miles) north of Miami. Sitton told local media that his daughter was supposed to perform Friday in a holiday production of “The Nutcracker.”

“God packed a lot of sweetness into that little body,” Mr Sitton said. “She’s just our life. I don’t know how we are ever going to recover.”

One Patrick McKnight narrowly escaped death and was hospitalized due to injuries. No information about his condition has been released.

The relationship between Sitton and Paul Merhige was unclear, police said.

Phone calls to a number listed for Paul Merhige were not answered. A phone call to Sitton also was not returned. At a house in southwest Miami-Dade where family members had gathered late Friday morning, relatives declined to comment.

Neighbors in the Palm Beach County community were shocked.

Needless to say…the nation is in shock as well, as this comes in the wake of a lot of mass shootings in our nation recently.

In November we had a mass shooting at the army base Ft. Hood where 13 people died, and the office shooting in Orlando, Florida.

Police across South Florida and the U.S. Marshals Service were searching for Merhige. Pascarella said Merhige is believed to be driving a blue 2007 4-door Toyota Camry with Florida license plate W42 7JT.

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