By Mike Heine /The Week
(Published June 11, 2007, 9:47 a.m.)
"It was the worst carnage we've seen."
That's how Walworth County District Attorney Phil Koss described the inside of a Delavan duplex where six people were slain Saturday night. A 2-year-old girl was shot and in critical condition in a minivan in the driveway.
The bodies of six people shot and killed shortly after 10:30 p.m. at 309 S. Second St., are at the Waukesha County Medical Examiner's Office awaiting autopsies, which are set for today, according to a police source who asked to remain anonymous.
Of the six who were shot in an apparent murder-suicide, two victims were infant twin boys.
The situation was a domestic dispute, Koss said.
"It was clear that the people knew each other," Koss said. "I don't know the nature of the dispute."
The 2-year-old girl was found in a nearby vehicle with a gunshot wound to the chest, the Delavan police chief said Sunday.
Koss, who witnessed the inside of the upstairs apartment in the duplex, said the bodies were not contained in a single room. He would not say what rooms they were in.
Koss was unsure where the girl, who survived, was shot or how she got into the minivan, which was parked in the driveway.
Officers from the Delavan Police Department, the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigations and the Walworth County Sheriff's Department were at the home throughout Sunday following reports of shots being fired at 10:36 p.m. Saturday.
"I heard a real fast series of bangs real quick, and I thought it was fireworks. But now that I know what happened, it very well could have been (gunshots),"said Christopher Coy, who was walking on a sidewalk about a half-block north of the house Saturday night.
Those confirmed dead by family and friends are:
-- Vanessa Iverson, 19, of W7772 Wisconsin Parkway, No. 21, Delavan
-- Ashley Lynn Huerta, 21, who lived in the home
-- Nicole Marie McAffee, 19, who also lived in the home
-- Amborosio Analco, 23, of Delavan
-- Mcaffee and Analco's twin boys, Argenis and Isaiah Christian Analco, were 2 or 3 months old.
The Walworth County Coroner's office was not releasing names Sunday.
Jasmine Analco, the 2-year-old girl found by police in a minivan at the scene, was reportedly in serious condition at University Hospital in Madison.
What happened inside the home is unclear and police are releasing few details.
"What we have is a complicated death scene and we're investigating all the possibilities," said Kevin St. John, a spokesman with the state Justice Department, which is leading the investigation.
Neighbor Shanen Kolbo, who lives two houses south, said he heard what sounded like firecrackers. Minutes later, he saw police arrive and witnessed an officer take Jasmine from the minivan.
"He had a kid. Her arms were flailing," Kolbo said. "He was running so fast."
Kolbo thought it was a drug raid at first, but when he saw police standing around and waiting, he knew something more serious happened and assumed people were dead inside.
Before the short series of shots, Kolbo said all was quiet in the neighborhood.
"There was no yelling or arguing. Nothing. Absolutely nothing. That's why I'm at a loss for words," he said.
Officers, responding to the report of shots fired and stormed the A-frame duplex Saturday night with weapons drawn, kicking in the door, neighbor Richard Heidemann said. He saw two paramedics go in behind them and come back out minutes later.
"That's when I knew everybody was dead," Heidemann said.
Police are not saying if they're still looking for a killer.
"We are advising the community that the community is safe," Police Chief Tim O'Neill said.
A source with knowledge of the situation believed the case will likely turn out to be a murder-suicide, but said the case is still under investigation.
A friend who knew the people that lived there said Gaspar Huerta, Ashley's husband, told him Gaspar jumped off a second-story balcony when he heard shots being fired. He ran to a neighbor's to have them dial 911 and then ran to the police station, the friend said Gaspar told him.
"He was nervous telling me, but he locked himself inside somewhere, jumped off the balcony and ran," said the friend, who asked not to be identified because of concerns for his safety. "That's how he made it out alive."
State agents and local police canvassed the neighborhood Sunday.
"We want to make sure there is no stone unturned because we want to make sure this is done properly," O'Neill said.
He declined to answer further questions at a Sunday afternoon press conference, saying the Division of Criminal Investigations is now handled the case.
"The press release speaks for itself," St. John said.
The release, issued Sunday afternoon, says the Walworth County SWAT Team entered the home following the 911 call and found six shooting victims. Emergency Medical Technicians and the coroner's office confirmed the deaths Saturday night.
Police did not remove the bodies until late Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon.
Vanessa Iverson apparently was in the wrong place at the wrong time, family member's said.
They said she was there visiting friends from high school.
"She was always trying to make peace," said Kay Macara, her mother. "If anybody was fighting, she would just jump in and try and get between them."
Police have been slow to release details to the family, Macara said.
"My child," she said through tears. "I want answers."
Marco Pastrana, Analco's cousin, said he and Analco were together with Analco's kids during the day Saturday.
Pastrana said Analco no longer lived with the children's mother. Analco left Pastrana's house Saturday night to drop the kids off with her at the duplex, Pastrana said.
He seemed fine when he left in the early evening take Jasmine and the twin boys back to their mother's house.
"I don't think my cousin would do this," Pastrana said. "He loved his kids and wouldn't do anything to hurt them."
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