Eaton Co. Sheriff investigating murder-suicide at Delta Twp. home that left two children dead

On Thursday the Eaton Co. Sheriff stated the 3-year-old boy shot on Tuesday has died.
Published: Apr. 14, 2021 at 10:20 AM EDT
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DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WILX) - UPDATE: The Eaton County Sheriff has stated the 3-year-old boy shot on Tuesday has died.

3-year-old Anson Zwick and his sister, 5-year-old Vivian Zwick, were shot at their mother’s home.

Preliminary investigation reveals that their father, Joseph Lechleitner, 47, shot both of his children before taking his own life. Lechleitner lived in the Shingleton area of the Upper Peninsula.

The investigation is ongoing. Eaton Co. Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with any information about this incident to contact Detective Ted Johnson at (517) 323-8492

The original story is below.

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a deadly shooting at a Delta Township home.

Around 11 p.m. Tuesday, deputies were alerted to an address on Old River Trail in reference to a shooting. Upon arriving, deputies located a deceased male in his 40. Deputies also located two children ages 3 and 5 that were suffering from gunshot wounds.

The 5-year-old female child was deceased. The three-year-old male child was alive and deputies quickly rendered aid. He was rushed to the hospital by Delta EMS and is currently listed as being in critical condition.

Police are not saying who they think shot the children or why. They’re also not telling us where their mother is or what her condition is but we are told there is no threat to the public.

This is a developing story WILX will update as more information becomes available.

Update to yesterday’s shooting incident from Delta Township. Sheriff Reich is sad to report that 3 year old shot...

Posted by Eaton County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, April 15, 2021

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