BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (AP) — Above all, DeLois Brown was a caretaker. The grandmother ran an in-home day care, women at her church considered her their "second mom," and just last week she moved her aging parents from the St. Louis area to her Minnesota home so she could care for them.
Her parents were just settling in when they, along with Brown, were fatally shot inside her home in Brooklyn Park on Monday. A day later, police were still searching for a lone suspect and family members were struggling to figure out why anyone would want to harm Brown or her parents, James and Clover Bolden, who were in their 80s.
"This doesn't make any sense," Brown's brother, James Bolden, said during an interview with The Associated Press at his nearby home in the Minneapolis suburb. "I mean, old people, almost helpless ... what is the purpose?"
No arrests had been made by Tuesday evening. Police have released little information, but said they were looking for a man in his mid-20s who may have fled the shooting scene on a BMX bicycle.
Authorities were called to the home about 6:30 a.m. Monday by a woman who discovered the three victims. The woman had dropped off her toddler for day care several minutes earlier and everything seemed fine, but after seeing a suspicious man near the house as she was leaving, she decided to call the day care, police Inspector Todd Milburn said.
But the phone went dead while the woman was talking to someone at the house, and when she went back to the house, she found three people had been shot. She grabbed her child and called 911, Milburn said. The toddler was the only child there and was unharmed.
"This is clearly a tragic situation," the police Inspector said. "We are doing everything we can to solve this case."
Police have not released the identities of the victims, but James Bolden confirmed they were Brown, his 59-year-old sister; his 83-year-old father James Bolden, who had diabetes and used a wheelchair; and his mother, 81-year-old Clover Bolden.
"All of them are gone. In one day," he said. "This is devastating."