A gunman entered a Minneapolis, Minnesota home daycare and shot to death the three adults who were there. A toddler was present at the time. The mother of the toddler had been suspicious of a man she saw when she dropped off the child, so she returned and discovered the murders, then fled with her child. The toddler was unharmed.
Police did not release the identities of the victims or the woman who found them.
Police Inspector Todd Milburn said the mother dropped off her child at the house and spoke with someone there. As she was leaving, she saw a man near the house on foot, and something about him raised her suspicions.
"There was some reason for her to call back to the home," Milburn said.
The woman called the day care and was talking to someone at the house when the line went dead, Milburn said. She returned to the home and found three people had been shot. She grabbed her child and called emergency services. Police confirmed the victims were dead when they arrived.
No one else was inside the home when the woman returned, Milburn said.
Milburn said the woman saw the same suspicious man nearby, on a bicycle, when she returned to the day care.
Police said they had no information on how many children were typically cared for at Brown's home, or when they were normally dropped off.
A neighbor, Hakeem Hughes, 18, said he heard screaming coming from the direction of the house around 6:30 a.m. but didn't pay much attention because children often played outside the home. When he went to catch his bus to school, he said police told him to go back inside because a gunman was on the loose.
"I'm just shocked about it," Hughes said. "They are good people. They are innocent people.".