Some of the family members were there to go to the fair, while others were there to baby-sit for Brielle and Richard, he said. Schwartz did not attempt to target any of the other individuals in the house before turning the gun on himself, Rice said.
Rice said it was clear there was considerable financial pressure on the couple prior to the incident.
“[Brielle] said there was an abnormal amount of lawsuits and papers being filed, and he wasn’t really giving her much information on what was going on,” Rice said.
Rice said that since the shooting, his office has been contacted by the FBI and a local law enforcement agency from Indiana, in regard to questions about Richard Schwartz’s financial dealings. He said he was aware Schwartz was being investigated, but had no further details.
The FBI office in Indianapolis and the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of Indiana both declined to confirm or deny the existence of any investigation into Schwartz.
Howard County Sheriff Steve Rogers said investigators with his department contacted Shelby County to confirm Schwartz’ death, and said one potential victim had contacted his office through a local attorney.
Rogers said the Howard County Sheriff Department will likely refer that individual to the FBI, and said his agency hadn’t opened a formal investigation into Schwartz.
“Our knowledge is that most of these cases would have ended up as federal cases anyway,” Rogers said.
Schwartz started his financial planning business in Kokomo before branching out to Scottsdale, Ariz. Rice said Schwartz had a horse farm in Simpsonville, which is a center for the horse industry in Kentucky.
The Circuit Court Clerk’s office in Shelby County said Brielle Schwartz filed for divorce July 17, but declined to release any further details. The couple had a court hearing scheduled for Wednesday.