Medical Examiner: Dooley family members shot to death

13News Now Eric Kane reports.

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WVEC) -- Police have identified six family members killed in a domestic murder-suicide in Chesapeake.

Police say they were first called out to the 2300 block of Wildwood Road Wednesday around 3:35 p.m. to perform a welfare check on an individual. Upon arrival, police discovered the body of 22-year-old Landon Dooley inside. The residence was the home of Landon, his parents and his sister.

Further investigation led officers about a block away to the home of Landon's grandmother, not far from the Portsmouth city line at the intersection of George Washington Highway North and Wintergreen Drive. An armed person -- later identified as 26-year-old Cameron Dooley -- was barricaded inside. Cameron and Landon are brothers.

A police department spokeswoman says officers negotiated with the suspect for hours, and witnesses say they saw the SWAT team outside of the home. Police made their way inside early Thursday morning, where officers found five more bodies, including Cameron's.

Friends and neighbors tell 13News Now all six people were members of the Dooley family, who were prominent in the community and members of the Temple Baptist Church of Chesapeake. On social media, friends and surviving relatives have shown outpouring of grief and condolences for the Dooley family.

In addition to Cameron and Landon, police say the other victims were their parents, 50-year-old Steven Todd Dooley and 54-year-old Lori Dooley, as well as their sister, 17-year-old Brooke Dooley. Neighbors say the sixth victim was the grandmother, Doris.

Neighbors say the father, Steven Todd, was a Chesapeake Police Officer with the Marine Dive Unit who recently retired.

"I'm still in shock," one neighbor tells 13News Now. "I don't know... it's too much."

He went to work at a Dive Center as a repair technician -- a job he was eager to start following his retirement from the force.

"He was the kind of guy with like a little grin under his big beard smile, but you could see it," said Lindsey Hillier-Hotchkiss, a co-worker of Todd's. "He always had it every day no matter what."

Investigators believe the five victims were dead before police arrived and began negotiating with Cameron. The Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the cause of death of Cameron's family members to be gunshot wounds to the head, while Cameron died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

Photo Gallery: Chesapeake family killed in murder-suicide

'Tears are just flowing'

As police continue their investigation to find out what happened, friends and neighbors are telling us more about the Dooley family. We now know Brooke Dooley was a student at Deep Creek High School. On Twitter and Facebook, people are posting their condolences, remembering Brooke and the entire family.

One person tweeted that the "tears are just flowing" Thursday at Deep Creek High, and that there is a just an overwhelming sense of sadness.

From what we've gathered through social media, we know that Brooke was a girl who was dearly loved. She appeared to have a lot of friends, was on the cheerleading team, and seemed to be very involved. The cheer squad has its own Facebook page, and its profile picture was recently changed to a picture of Brooke, with comments from people talking about how great of person she was and how she will be dearly missed.

The father of Brooke's boyfriend says it is tough and the community is hurting, but could not comment any further.

13News Now reached out to the school district to see if grief counselors were on site, but they said no information could be given, because this is an active and ongoing police investigation.

Meanwhile, a candlelight vigil is planned at Temple Baptist Church on Saturday, January 30 at 5 p.m. A prayer service will then follow from 6 to 10 p.m. Temple Baptist's address is:

1322 George Washington Hwy N
Chesapeake, Virginia 23323


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