Authorities: 3 children, 2 adults found dead in Massachusetts home

This Google Street View image shows Abington Square Condominium Development which include 135 Center Avenue. Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz says a family of five was found dead there Monday morning

This Google Street View image shows Abington Square Condominium Development which include 135 Center Avenue. Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz says a family of five was found dead there Monday morning

Two adults and three children were found dead with gunshot wounds in a MA home Monday, authorities said.

The family was discovered in a townhouse at 135 Centre Ave. around 7:30 a.m. when a relative came to help get the children to school, Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz said.

"The person found an individual bleeding, laying in a position on the couch in the downstairs area and they called the police", he said.

The Plymouth County district attorney's office says the family members found dead Monday morning were 40-year-old Deirdre Zaccardi, 43-year-old Joseph Zaccardi, 11-year-old Alexis Zaccardi and 9-year-old twins Nathaniel and Kathryn Zaccardi.

"All of the deaths appear to be the result of gunshot wounds", Cruz said.

Majenski said there were no previous incidents that would have indicated there was an issue at the residence.

It was also not immediately clear who was responsible for the deadly shooting.

He said there is no threat to the public but would not elaborate on what happened.

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Authorities said the victims appeared to have died from gunshot wounds and expected that a weapon or weapons would be found inside the home.

Cruz and Abington Police Chief David Majenski said authorities were not aware of any ongoing domestic issues at the home and police had never been called to the condo for any reason.

All three children attended Abington Public Schools, Superintendent Peter Schafer said in a message to parents that was shared with the media. "A crime occurred in that building and three little children are gone forever as a result of this", Cruz said. A medical examiner would determine the official manner and cause of death.

"There are three young students of this family in our district".

WATD is following the story and will bring you more details as soon as we receive them. This was an unexpected event, which deeply saddens all of us.

Family members released a statement on behalf of the victims, asking for privacy as they grieve the "unfathomable loss". "Counseling staff have been made available to support students".

Relatives of the MA family of five whose bodies were discovered with gunshot wounds are asking for privacy as they grieve an "unfathomable" loss.

The bodies were discovered Monday morning when a relative went to their condo in the town of Abington to take the three kids to school, Boston.com reported.

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