GREENSBURG, Ind. (WISH) – Police are trying to figure out what could have led to a Rush County father shooting and killing his 14-year-old son before turning the gun on himself.
Gregory Hall, 44, had no criminal record. He and his ex-wife shared joint custody and are said to have gotten along well.
On Tuesday night, police found the father and son, dead from gunshot wounds inside of a parked car at Greensburg City Park.
Tyler Hall was an eighth grader at Greensburg Junior High School.
“He was the kind of kid that smiled a lot and was just a very happy go lucky young man. One of the things he loved to do was read,” said Bruce Copple, Greensburg Community Schools resource officer.
“To my knowledge, Tyler didn’t have any enemies from what I’m hearing,” said Greensburg Police Detective Bill Meyerrose.
Tyler lived with his mother in Greensburg. His father, Greg, lived in Rush County with two of his uncles in a rural farm community.
“It’s a shock. Especially in this kind of environment around here. Very peaceful and quiet,” said Rushville neighbor John Benagh.
One of Greg’s uncles called the Rush County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday around 10:20 p.m. to file a missing person’s report. Deputies believed Greg was possibly suicidal and feared for Tyler’s safety. They notified surrounding law enforcement around 11 p.m. About a half hour later, Greensburg police found their bodies inside a car at Greensburg City Park before an amber alert could even be issued.
“Just a matter of about 28 minutes from the time Rush County contacted us until we found the car and the victims,” Meyerrose said.
A tragic scene from a pair viewed as being a very close father and son.
“Yea, from what we’ve learned so far, Tyler and his dad did have a great relationship. From what I’m told Tyler just worshipped his dad. So, again we really have no clue or indication of what initiated all this,” Meyerrose said.
Police say Greg did leave behind letters, but aren’t saying what was written in them.
They are investigating this as a murder-suicide. They are two deaths that leave the Greensburg Community numb.