Manhunt underway after BBC commentator’s wife and two daughters killed in crossbow attack in UK

London — English police were searching Wednesday for a 26-year-old man who may be armed with a crossbow and involved in a triple murder. BBC News, CBS News’ sister network, said the murder victims were the wife and two adult daughters of John Hunt, a commentator on the BBC Racing horse racing radio channel.

Hertfordshire Police said in a statement that officers were called to a property in Bushey, northwest London, shortly before 7pm (2pm EST) on Tuesday, where they found three women with serious injuries.

Three ambulances, along with other emergency response vehicles including a hazardous area response team and two air ambulances, were dispatched to the property, but all three women died at the scene, police said.

Officers were still searching Wednesday for a man named Kyle Clifford, who lives in the area, and issued a public appeal for anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts to contact emergency services. Police advised people not to approach Clifford as “he may still be in possession of a weapon.”

A forensic officer at the scene in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire, where three women, believed by police to be related, were found seriously injured and died at the scene shortly after police and paramedics were called just before 7pm on July 9, 2024.

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The attack was carried out with a crossbow, Hertfordshire Police Chief Superintendent Jon Simpson said on Wednesday, adding that other weapons may also have been used.

Police have not said whether Clifford was known to the Hunt family. The victims were Carol Hunt, 61, and two of the couple’s daughters, aged 25 and 28. Police said it was likely a targeted incident, but a link has not been established. John Hunt, a former police officer who worked for the BBC for years, returned home to find his wife and daughters seriously injured after the attack, according to British media.

Speaking on television, Simpson addressed Clifford directly on Wednesday, saying: “Kyle, if you see or hear this, please get in touch,” and urging him to call the UK emergency services number, 999.

British Home Secretary Yvette Cooper, the government’s top law enforcement official, said in a social media post that she was being kept “fully informed” about the case, and urged anyone with information to contact police.

“The loss of three women last night in Bushey is truly shocking. My thoughts are with the family and friends of those killed, and the community,” she said.

“We’re very shocked,” local councillor Laurence Brass told CBS News partner BBC News. “We’re not used to this in this area, it’s a typical leafy suburb of Bushey… and suddenly we’re told there’s been three murders. A helicopter landed at the top of my street last night, the police are everywhere. So I’m worried for the residents, who I think are a bit traumatised by what’s happening here.”

Crossbows are legal in the UK and no licence or registration is required to own one, although it is illegal to carry a crossbow in public without a reasonable excuse.