- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Investigators are trying to determine why a man apparently shot his wife and two young sons, then killed himself at the family’s home in east Tulsa, police said Thursday.

Police say Sudheer Khamitkar, 42, shot his 38-year-old wife, Smita Haval Khamitkar, and their sons Arnav Khamitkar, 10 and Arush Khamitkar, 6.

“Right now we still don’t know the motive behind the murder-suicide,” said Sgt. Shane Tuell.

Tuell said the father had recently changed jobs and that detectives would interview his current and former employers in an effort to learn if he was having personal troubles.

Officers discovered the bodies Wednesday afternoon as they conducted a welfare check requested by the mother’s employer who was concerned after the woman failed to show up for work or call in sick for two days. A handgun was found near the father’s body.

“The evidence indicates that the father shot and killed the children and the wife before turning the gun on himself,” said homicide Sgt. Dave Walker in a news release. “There is evidence of multiple gunshots throughout the house. All the bodies were found in different rooms throughout the house.”

There was no indication of forced entry and no suspects are being sought, Walker said.

Neighbors said they were shocked by the events and called the area safe.

Most every property in the neighborhood has a large fence, so children can play or swim in privacy, though some play basketball in the driveway or at a cul-de-sac.

“I love this neighborhood. It’s very quiet here,” Mercedes Perez told The Associated Press.

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