Shingleton man identified, second child dies in Delta Township shooting


DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLNS/WJMN)– A 3-year-old has died from his injuries, after he was shot yesterday by his father, along with his 5-year-old sister who also died.

According to Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich,  their preliminary investigation indicates that the children’s father 47-year-old Joseph Lechleitner shot both children, before turning the gun on himself.

Lechleitner and 5-year-old Vivian Zwick were both found dead in a Delta Township shortly after 11 pm Tuesday night. 3-year-old Anson Zwick was alive and taken to the hospital in critical condition, where he later died.

Lechleitner lived in the Shingleton area of the Upper Peninsula.

WJMN contacted the Alger County Sheriff’s Office about issues with legal matters in the past. ACSO tells us their contact with Mr. Lechleitner was, “very brief at best.”

ACSO said Lechleitner does not have any pending criminal matters in their jurisdiction. The contact they did have with him was for an undisclosed civil matter. ACSO said he was, “simply seeking advice.”

An investigation into the incident is ongoing, and anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Ted Johnson at (517) 323-8492.

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