• The gender and identities of the victims are not clear
  • Neighbors have identified one of the victims as Alonzo Jackson
  • Cops found the bodies during a wellness check

Police have begun an investigation after three people were found dead inside a home in New Orleans on Tuesday. They are treating the case as a triple homicide.

The gruesome discovery was made after New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) deputies went to a home in Gentilly Boulevard for a wellness check Tuesday morning, news outlet reported.

Several bullets were retrieved from the scene. The gender and identities of the victims remain unclear. Officers have not determined the cause of death.

"There were three bodies inside, right now we're treating it as a homicide — solely because there were some bullets on the ground. We can't even tell the gender, or the sex, of the people we are looking at right now. So, again, this is very early. Our homicide [team] is on the scene," NOPD Deputy Chief Hans Ganthier said, WWLTV reported.

Neighbors identified one of the victims as Alonzo Jackson, who was believed to be in his 50s. Jackson was reportedly living in the house with his brother. The incident came to light after one of the neighbors requested a wellness check after not hearing from Jackson for weeks, WGNO reported.

Jackson was involved in a domestic dispute about six months ago and was stabbed during the incident, the report said.

Officers said the investigation is still in the preliminary stages and urged anyone with information about the case to contact NOPD 1st District Office at (504) 658-6010 or NOPD Homicide Section at (504) 658-5300. People can also submit anonymous tips to Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans by calling (504) 821-1111 or (877) 903-7867 (toll-free).

"We're really looking for help on this. Apparently, they've been dead for several days. That's all we know and that's why it is hard to determine the gender," Ganthier added.

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