Five people, including a pregnant woman, were brutally attacked and killed Saturday in Citronelle, Alabama, leaving a 4-month-old boy as the only survivor, CNN reports.
Police officers found the baby in his home following the killings, according to Capt. Paul Burch of the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office. The victims were killed with firearms and other weapons, Burch said, but did not discuss further on what kind of weapons.
A few hours after the attack, a man named Derrick Ryan Dearman of Mississippi, 27 years old, surrendered to authorities in his home state. Investigators are trying to determine how he is related to the victims.
Police in Citronelle received a 911 call about a possible burglar prowling the home early Saturday. Officials responding to the scene saw nothing out of place. They now believe Dearman was the reported prowler, and that he returned after midnight to kill the victims, Burch said.
After the murders, Dearman allegedly kidnapped a woman and her 3-month-old infant from the same home and drove to Mississippi, where he turned himself in on Saturday to police at the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.
He had reportedly let his kidnapped victims free. The woman and baby are believed to be safe and unharmed, according to authorities.
Burch said that multiple families were present in the home at the time of the killings. Neighbors have listed a brother, sister and their respective families occupants of the home.
The victims’ identities will not be released until relatives have been informed.
Dearman faces charges of six counts of capital murder, including the unborn child.
Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich told news outlet WALA that in “a 20-year career as a prosecutor, I have never seen a scene where there were five people brutally and viciously murdered.”
Rich said extradition proceedings are expected to immediately begin for Dearman.