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Three people were killed in an early morning shooting at an Iowa state park on Friday before the suspected gunman killed himself, according to authorities.

Mike Krapfl, special agent in charge of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, said at a news conference that authorities responded to reports of a shooting at the Maquoketa Caves State Park campground in eastern Iowa shortly before 6 p.m. :30 a.m. when officers arrived at the scene. , three people were found dead, Krapfl said. Authorities have yet to reveal the names of the victims or specify how they died.

When officials searched the 370-acre state park, Krapfl said they found the body of a camper with a self-inflicted gunshot wound who they believe was the gunman. Authorities identified him as Anthony Sherwin, a 23-year-old man from Nebraska. Investigators had not identified a motive in the shooting as of Friday afternoon.

Authorities noted that there is no continuing threat to the public. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources announced that the park has been closed.

The camp was evacuated early Friday, including a children’s summer camp that faced the “emergency situation.”

“We evacuated the camp as soon as we found out about it,” Camp Shalom wrote on its Facebook page.

Known as a destination for cavers and hikers, Maquoketa Caves State Park has more caves than any other state park in Iowa. Located about 61 miles northeast of Cedar Rapids, Maquoketa Caves State Park features 13 caves, including Dancehall Cave, which is approximately 800 feet long, according to its website.


Friday’s shooting comes more than a month after a man shot and killed two women before killing himself in a church parking lot in Ames, Iowa. Jonathan Lee Whitlatch, 33, had shot two women from the congregation, Eden Mariah Montang, 22, and Vivian Renee Flores, 21, while a program was taking place inside the church on June 2, according to Story County. Sheriff’s Office. When police arrived, the gunman appeared to have died of a self-inflicted wound, Story County Sheriff’s Capt. Nicholas Lennie told reporters.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (right) said in a statement that she was “horrified by this morning’s shooting at Maquoketa Caves State Park and devastated by the loss of three innocent lives.”

“As we mourn this unimaginable tragedy, Kevin and I pray for the families of the victims and law enforcement officers who responded to the scene,” she said on Twitter. “We ask Iowans to do the same.”