The scene outside the house where the suspected suicide killing took place.
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The parents and nephew of race car driver Jimmy Johnson’s wife, Chandra Janeway Johnson, were killed Monday at a home in Muskogee, Oklahoma, according to a news release from the Muskogee Police Department. A police spokesperson told CNN that the incident was a murder-suicide.
On Monday, police received a 911 call from a woman who said “someone” had a gun and then hung up, according to the release.
“When officers arrived at the scene, they saw an object lying in the hallway inside the front door,” the statement read. “Shortly after they arrived, the officers heard another gunshot from inside the house.”
The statement added, “The officers rescued the person inside the corridor and determined that the person was dead.”
Police said the relatives of Jimmie Johnson were killed Monday at a home in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
The officers also issued orders to everyone else in the house to “get out.”
“Once a sufficient number of officers arrived at the scene, a search of the house was conducted and two more persons were found dead inside the house,” the statement read.
Authorities have identified the people who died as 69-year-old Jack Janeway and his 68-year-old wife Terry Janeway, along with their 11-year-old grandson Dalton Janeway.
Muscogee Police said on Wednesday that Terry Janway was the shooter.
NASCAR released a statement on Tuesday saying, “We are saddened by the tragic death of members of the Chandra Johnson family. The entire NASCAR family extends its deepest support and condolences during this difficult time to Chandra, Jimmie, and the entire Johnson & Janway families.”
The Legacy Motor Club auto racing team announced in a statement Tuesday that Johnson is withdrawing from this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series event in Chicago. “Johnson’s family have requested privacy at this time and no further comments will be made,” the club said.
“It was heartbreaking to learn that an old family that made so many contributions to our community was involved in this type of incident,” Mayor Marlon Coleman told CNN affiliate KOKI. “It was even cooler when we found out there were kids involved.”