The names of the dead people were not released by officials on Friday. Mr. Stollsteimer referred to them only as the Le family. Mr. Stollsteimer said that a medical examiner would soon begin the process of positively identifying the victims.
“From seeing it firsthand, these are charred remains,” Mr. Stollsteimer said. “They are unrecognizable human beings. Not only was there an intense fire, but the building collapsed on these folks as they were in there.”
Mr. Stollsteimer said that based on information given to the authorities from grandparents in the Le family, Canh Le was suspected of shooting one of his young nieces, “which is unbelievable.”
Chin Le, the mother of Mr. Le, told WPVI on Friday that her son was the gunman. Ms. Le told the station that Mr. Le was dead and that it was believed that the others who died in the episode were her other son, Xuong Le; his wife, Britni McLaughlin-Le; and their three children, NaKayla, 13, NaTayla, 17, and Xavier, 10.
Many questions still remained on Friday, including what had prompted the episode, whether Mr. Le had also shot other members of his family and how the fire had begun.