Three people were found dead at a residence in northwestern Harvey County Sunday evening. Three people reported gunshot victims were found outside a residence near West Dutch Avenue and Spring Lake Road, west of Hesston.

Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton confirmed that the deaths will be investigated as a homicide. 

"We have some idea of what is behind this, and it is not in this local area," Walton said. "I would say this is a targeted event."

According to the Newton Police Department, there was a call to 911 reporting the bodies at about 5:30 p.m., made by a motorist who had been flagged down and told about the shooting on Spring Lake Road. The caller told 911 there were multiple victims.

Sheriff T. Walton told media one of the victims was 53, the others "in their 30s" and that the deaths had happened "earlier in the day." 

Deputies and officers from several agencies including NPD, responded to the residence. When they arrived they found three people who were deceased in front of the residence. They entered the house and located an 18-month-old child. It was not known how long the child had been in the home. The child was taken to grandparents.  Two of the people fatally shot were the child's parents.

The identity of the deceased has not be released pending family notification. 

According to the Harvey County Sheriff's Office, there is a full homicide investigation into the deaths two men and one woman found fatally shot in rural Harvey County near Alta Mills, west of Hesston. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has been contacted and will assist with the investigation.