Officials Confirm Triple Murder at Maquoketa Caves Campground, Shooter Also Dead

MAQUOKETA, Iowa (KWQC) – Three people were killed in a shooting at the Maquoketa Caves State Park campsite Friday morning.

According to a media report, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and DCI responded around 6:23 a.m. to the campground to a report of the triple homicide. Officers later confirmed that they found three people dead.

According to the DCI, officers learned that a tourist, later identified as 23-year-old Anthony Orlando Sherwin, was missing.

According to the DCI, after a search of the area, Sherwin was found dead west of the park.  Sherwin...
According to the DCI, after a search of the area, Sherwin was found dead west of the park. Sherwin appears to have received a self-inflicted gunshot wound.(KVKK)

According to the DCI, after a search of the area, Sherwin was found dead west of the park. Sherwin appears to have received a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The DCI said there is no danger to the public.

It is not yet clear if there is a connection between the suspect and the victims.

Maquoketa Caves State Park is closed until further notice, DCI said. The investigation is ongoing.

Iowa DNR director Kayla Lyon said she and DNR staff are devastated by the families affected by the incident.

“Our long tradition of enjoying the natural wonders of Iowa has been shaken today, but the legacy of millions of families vacationing in Iowa’s parks will endure,” Lyon said. “This heartbreaking incident touched the DPR family; not only as people who are passionate about getting people outside, but also as people who regularly camp with our families in the same parks.”

“I am horrified by the shooting this morning at McVauket Caverns State Park and devastated by the loss of three innocent lives,” Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said in a statement. “As we mourn this unimaginable tragedy, Kevin and I pray for the families of the victims and the law enforcement officers who arrived on the scene. We ask the people of Iowa to do the same.”

“I am closely monitoring the situation at McVauket Caverns State Park. I pray for the dead and their loved ones. I am grateful to the Iowa law enforcement who responded + camp staff for keeping other campers safe. Violence is unacceptable Killing innocent people is disgusting,” wrote Chuck Grassley on Twitter.

Camp Shalom was evacuated at 9:15 a.m. due to the situation, parents were notified and a gathering place was established. According to Camp Shalom program director Ben Carlson, all vacationers were taken into account.

This is an evolving story. TV6 will provide live and online updates.

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