Mass shootings are an ‘everyday’ thing in America now

This is the country we live in now — a place where mass shootings are just an “everyday” occurrence.

Crime scene investigators walk out of a San Carlos Park home where officials say a 36-year-old man fatally shot himself, his three young daughters and their mother on June 8, 2014. (Carolina Hidalgo/Staff)

Neighbors in San Carlos Park didn’t hear the gunshots. It might have been hours or maybe days before anyone realized what had happened, if not for the 911 call about 2:25 a.m. from a Spanish-speaking man inside the home. By the time Lee County deputies arrived to the home at 17372 Phlox Drive, the 36-year-old man, his two daughters, their older sister and their 29-year-old mother were dead.

Lee Sheriff Mike Scott described the killings as murder-suicide, saying the father had left a note. He declined to comment on the contents of the note, citing the active investigation. He said the audio from the 911 call would be released publicly during the investigation.