Saturday, March 7, 2009
"Cleveland, OH - An Ohio man suspected in the murder of five of his family members committed suicide surrounded by police. Authorities say Devon Crawford, 33, shot himself after police surrounded him in a house [on the 3500 block of West 128th Street].
"`They confronted the male hiding in a bathroom. When he spotted the agents, he took his own life,` said a police spokesman.
"Crawford was suspected in the killings of his wife, Lechea Crawford; her sister, Rose Stevens; and three of Stevens’ children, 5-year-old Destiny Woods and 2-year-old twins Dion and Davion.
"A 7-year-old boy and a 12-year-old boy managed to escape. The 7-year-old was shot in the shoulder but is in stable condition. Crawford’s 2-month-old daughter with Lechea was unharmed.
"The manhunt for Crawford was launched Thursday night around 8 p.m. `It looks like it was some type of domestic argument that sparked this tragedy,` said Police Chief Michael McGrath."
"Las Vegas, NV - Police received a call from an apartment complex at 1401 E. Reno Ave., north of Hacienda Avenue and east of Maryland Parkway shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday. When officers arrived they found an elderly woman dead on the floor of an apartment, police said.
"A man became angry with his girlfriend and her mother inside the apartment, police said. A preliminary investigation revealed that the three people argued inside the apartment when the man picked up a weapon, shot the girlfriend's mother, then himself, police said.
"Homicide detectives said the man shot himself in the face, but was alive when police arrived and was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center's Trauma Center, where he underwent emergency surgery.
"The man's girlfriend escaped from the apartment and called police."
From The Las Vegas Sun...
Friday, March 6, 2009
"ROSS TWP., PA – Two people are dead from gunshot wounds in an apparent murder-suicide on private property with mobile homes on Thursday night.
"County Chief Deputy Coroner William Lisman is seated at left inside van at scene of double-fatal shooting off Pall Road in Ross Township Thursday night.
"Luzerne County officials are investigating the shooting deaths of 27-year-old Michael A. Mitchell and 35-year-old William E. Mitchell, both of Hunlock Creek, according to state police at Shickshinny.
"Autopsies are pending, officials said. Authorities were unable to provide further details.
"Police responded around 5:45 p.m. to 18 Mitchell Lane, a private road off Pall Road where investigators remained at the scene until late night.
"Representatives from the Luzerne County Coroner’s Office arrived at the scene, along with a state police Forensic Services Unit. Coroner John P. Corcoran could not be reached for comment."
Thursday, March 5, 2009
"Phoenix, AZ - A black flag with skull and crossbones hung outside the house where two women found a couple dead Thursday after an apparent murder-suicide.
"Friends and neighbors filled the street in front of the house as investigators swarmed the area around 1 p.m. to piece together how the man and woman died in the northwest Phoenix neighborhood.
"Officers found the unidentified victims in the 2900 block of West Villa Maria Drive, near Union Hills Drive and 29th Avenue, after receiving a call from one of the two women.
"The couple lived together at the home, according to friends. Some neighbors said a group of young people who lived at the home often argued and partied late-night.
"Other neighbors said they heard gunshots earlier in the afternoon, though Phoenix Detective Cindy Scott said police could not confirm if the victims were discovered with gunshot wounds.
"Ron Lyell, 51, who lives next door, said he was working from home and pulling weeds in his front yard when one of two women - friends of the victims - came out of the house crying.
"`I went over and grabbed her on the shoulder,` Lyell said. `She was crying so hard she couldn't tell me anything.`
"Lyell said the woman told police she found the female victim shot to death with a gunshot wound to her chest, while the male victim was found, `lying in a pool of blood.` He said he never heard any shots fired.
"A U-Haul truck with a vehicle tow sat parked in front of the house, taped off as part of the crime scene."
From AZ Central...
"MAYS LANDING, NJ - The Atlantic County prosecutor says a fire that killed two people in Hamilton Township was a murder-suicide.
"Prosecutor Ted Housel says an investigation by his office and the county medical examiner determined that the male victim stabbed his girlfriend to death, then set the woman's condominium ablaze and died in the fire.
"The fire broke out shortly before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
"The bodies of 36-year-old Saily Abreu and her boyfriend were recovered from the residence. His name has not been released pending notification of relatives.
"Housel said Thursday that an autopsy determined that Abreu, a mother of five girls, died of multiple stab wounds. The boyfriend, who lived in Egg Harbor Township, died of burns and smoke inhalation.
"The children are staying with friends and relatives."
"Solebury, PA - A Solebury man shot and killed his male partner and then shot himself in the head at their upscale home in the affluent Central Bucks County township.
"A cleaning woman discovered the body of the 48-year-old victim inside the garage of the home at 6157 Upper York Road Thursday morning around 8:50 a.m. and notified authorities.
"Authorities arrived and discovered a harrowing scene: the bullet-riddled body in the garage, blood around the house, overturned furniture that indicated a struggle and the body of the 50-year-old shooter in the master bedroom, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound between the eyes.
"Was it a crime of passion? Authorities say it’s too soon to say.
"Police were not immediately releasing the names of the men involved."
Source: Courier Times...
"Magnolia, TX - A man and woman in their 50's were found shot to death in their West Montgomery County home the 28000 Block of Elm Trace Dr. about 10:45 Wednesday morning after the woman failed to arrive for work and coworkers became concerned.
"The deceased were identified as Fredrick Threet, 53, and his wife, 49-year-old Suzette Threet.
"Lt. Bill Bucks said the deaths appeared to be a murder-suicide.
"`(Co-workers) contacted her family and the family went to the Magnolia home where they found all the vehicles and the doors all locked,` Bucks said. `They couldn't see anything from their vantage point, so they backed off and called police.`
"Deputies and MCHD medics responded. The manufactured home on just over five wooded acres was locked down tight. They looked through the windows and saw Suzette Threet on the couch with a gunshot wound to her torso, Bucks said.
"Magnolia Firefighters were called to make forcibly entry. Inside deputies found Fredrick Threet, also dead, sitting in a chair in the same room with a gunshot wound to his head. A handgun was lying on the floor at his feet, Bucks said.
"While there were no signs of a struggle, he said, more than the two fatal rounds were spent.
"`It appears multiple shots were fired inside the residence,` Bucks said."
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
"Show Low, AZ - Police say a man suspected of shooting a woman to death and injuring her husband outside a Show Low Walmart Monday has apparently commited suicide.
"The department reportedly learned Tuesday afternoon that Donald A. Belanger, 55, was found dead in his vehicle near Albuquerque, New Mexico.
"The Show Low Police Department's investigation into the shooting began to focus on Belanger as one of several suspects in this case, said Smythe.
"Smythe said that on Tuesday at about 12:51 am, a New Mexico State Police sergeant conducted a traffic stop on a white car that appeared to be driving impaired.
"The stop reportedly took place on Interstate 25 near Albuquerque. As the sergeant exited his police vehicle, the driver of the car killed himself.
"State Police Investigators confirmed the identity of the driver as Donald Belanger, 55, from Heber, Arizona, according to Smythe.
"At the time of his death, two firearms and a suicide note were reportedly found in the vehicle."
From Northern Arizona News...
"FLORIDA CITY, FL - Authorities say a man shot a woman he knew while she working at a Wal-Mart in Florida City, then fatally shot himself.
"Miami-Dade Police Department spokeswoman Rebeca Perez says the shooting happened inside the store just before 10 a.m. on Wednesday . The woman suffered gunshot wounds and is in critical condition. The man was pronounced dead at the hospital. Their identities have not yet been released.
"No further information was immediately available."
"Brooklyn, CT — Two people were found dead in a Brooklyn home Wednesday morning. The state police Major Crime Detectives said an initial examination appears to reveal no `apparent criminal aspect to this incident.`
"At around 11:27 a.m. State Police in Danielson received a request for a well-being check of the occupants of a home located at 98 Laurel Hill Road in Brooklyn.
"Upon arrival and entry into the home troopers discovered two dead people inside the home. The residence was secured and the State Police Major Crime Squad Detectives responded to the scene to initiate an investigation.
"Police are still at the scene. Autopsies will be conducted by the Office of the chief States Medical Examiner to determine the manner and cause of death.
"The identities of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin."
Source: Norwich Bulletin...
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
"HAMMOND, IN - Police found an SUV sinking into the icy waters of Lake Michigan at the Hammond Marina on Monday and a wounded woman bleeding on the boat launch.
"Two people are dead in the apparent murder-suicide attempt, a 39-year-old Mississippi man whose body was found inside the sunken Hummer H2, and a 55-year-old woman who died of multiple gunshot wounds to the torso after being taken to St. Margaret Mercy, Police Chief Brian Miller said.
"A marina security guard told police she saw the black SUV parked on the launch ramp around 12:45 p.m., and told the driver he had to move. There was a woman in the passenger seat and the driver said they wouldn't be parked long.
"The security guard drove off, then heard a gunshot and saw the woman tumble out the passenger-side door before the H2 idled down the slope and into the water, Miller said. A marina employee tried to hold the sinking SUV in place from the pier, and told police he still thought someone was inside.
"The woman was in critical condition when emergency crews arrived. She had a Florida driver's license, but investigators believe she may be a Valparaiso resident, Miller said.
"The Lake County Dive Team and a towing crew needed about an hour to pull the Hummer, which had drifted under an adjacent pier, from the water. The Hummer had Florida license plates, but vehicle records for the truck were not on file with Florida authorities, Miller said."
From The Post-Tribune...
Monday, March 2, 2009
"WILMETTE, IL - Police checking on a home found the bodies of a man, woman and teenage boy who were killed in an apparent murder-suicide.
"A preliminary investigation suggests the woman and teenager were shot to death and the man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Wilmette Deputy Police Chief Brian King said in a statement.
"Authorities did not release the names of those killed, pending notification of relatives.
"When officers arrived at the locked home they were not able to reach anyone inside and forced their way in, King said.
"Investigators are looking into the backgrounds of those slain, said King.
"The teenager was a 17-year-old senior at New Trier Township High School, District 203 Supt. Linda Yonke told the Chicago Tribune.
"`He was just a really nice, nice young man,` she said. `He was very well known and loved.`"
Source: News Tribune...
"CHESAPEAKE, VA - Police say a grandmother gave her 19-year-old autistic grandson an overdose of prescription medications before taking them herself, resulting in the death of both.
"Officers on Friday were called to the 3100 block of Ida Street for an unresponsive person, according to a news release from the Chesapeake Police Department this afternoon. They found Terrell Stepney, 19, breathing irregularly and 55-year-old Constance Stepney dead in the house.
"Terrell Stepney was taken to Chesapeake Regional Medical Center and put on life support. He died Saturday at 5:45 p.m.
"An `extensive investigation` determined that Constance Stepney had given her grandson an unknown amount of prescription drugs before consuming them, Boykin wrote."
"Albuquerque, NM - An Albuquerque couple was shot to death in northeast Albuquerque Monday morning in what police believe was a murder-suicide.
"Nadine Hamby, a spokeswoman for the Albuquerque Police Department, says officers discovered a male and female had been shot at a home in the 600 block of Caughran NE.
"Hamby says the male died at the scene while the female died at University of New Mexico Hospital.
"Officials have not released any names or additional information."
Sunday, March 1, 2009
"In a fit of rage, a man allegedly stabbed his wife to death and then tried to commit suicide in Nidhan Singh Nagar in the Civil City area under Haibowal police station on late Saturday evening. The man has been admitted to the DMC Hospital in a critical condition.
"Deceased woman Santosh Kumari (47) was allegedly killed by her husband Surinder Pal (50), a halwai owing to some dispute.
"Surinder Pal, who allegedly tried to commit suicide by slitting his throat with the same knife used to kill his wife, was operated upon late last night but his condition is still stated to be serious.
"According to police sources, the incident came to light on late Saturday evening when Pooja, the eldest daughter of the couple, returned home. When she knocked the door, her father, who was profusely bleeding from the neck opened the door. She then found her mother in a pool of blood on the bed. Pooja raised the alarm and the couple was rushed to the DMC hospital but the doctors declared Santosh Kumari dead on arrival.
"Sources said as the economic condition of the family was not very good, Surinder Pal wanted to sell his house but his wife Santosh had reservations on the matter and it had led to repeated heated arguments between the couple in the recent past. Sources said that on Saturday morning too, a heated argument broke between the husband and wife. Sources suspect that when no one was in the house, the couple might have quarrelled again."
"EL DORADO HILLS, CA - Detectives are investigating an attempted murder-suicide in El Dorado Hills.
"It happened at The Vineyard Apartment Complex on Valley View Parkway and White Rock Road.
"The El Dorado County Sheriff's Department received a call around six o'clock Saturday night from a caller who said they heard multiple gunshots.
"A source close to the investigation [says] that when deputies arrived on the scene they found a women (sic) in her twenties shot inside her car in the garage and was pronounced dead at the scene. The unidentified woman lived at the apartment complex with her mother and seven-year-old son. The gunman, believed to be the woman's estranged husband, apparently turned the gun on himself and shot himself in the head. He is still alive and in critical condition at UC Davis Medical Center."
Saturday, February 28, 2009
"Las Vegas, NV - A man wanted for murder in California and a woman are dead in an apparent murder-suicide after Metro Police responded to a domestic violence call Saturday morning in the northwest valley.
"Authorities said a police officer also was shot in the arm from the second-story window of a home at 6629 Nevada Classic Circle, near Rainbow Boulevard and Alexander Road.
"Police spokesman Jacinto Rivera said a Long Beach, Calif., woman called 911 and said her sister was being battered by a man wanted for murder. After officers arrived, a woman and the man carried an 8-month-old baby out of the home and returned inside. The officer was shot as he retrieved the child, police said.
"Police said the man then apparently shot the woman before shooting himself.
"Police weren't releasing any names Saturday evening. Bodies were removed from the home at about 5:30 p.m. after the coroner responded the scene."
From The Las Vegas Sun...
"LONGVIEW, TX — Three people have been found dead at a house in Longview in what police are investigating as a double murder and a suicide.
"A police statement Saturday afternoon said the cause of death is pending, but it appeared all three had been shot. Autopsies have been ordered.
"Sgt. Ben Kemper says a call Saturday morning about the welfare of the residents led to the discovery of the bodies of two males and a female. All three were adults.
"Kemper told The Associated Press that neighbors noticed that newspapers had been piling up in the front yard since Thursday.
"Officers found no signs of a break-in. A handgun was near one of the bodies.
"Names of the victims were not immediately released. Police declined to say if the three were related."
"McCordsville, IN - Police in Hamilton County responded to a report of a shooting near Geist and found a woman dead and a man in need of medical attention.
"It happened around 1:30 Saturday morning in a home on Soaring Eagle Lane, near 96th Street and Olio Road in McCordsville.
"A woman in the home was pronounced dead at the scene and a man was taken to Wishard Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
"Police haven't confirmed their relationship but say there did not appear to be any forced entry to the home."
"Longview, TX - Longview police are investigating what appears to be a multi-homicide in the 800 block of Lincoln Drive in the Pine Tree area. Officials have said the incident appears to be a murder-suicide."
Source: Longview News-Journal...
Posted by tsc at 1:04 PM
"Ghent, KY - Police Friday night found a 37-year-old man and his 2 1/2 year old son dead in their Gallatin County home in what authorities believe was a murder-suicide, a report from the Kentucky State Police stated.
"Ralph Michael Utley and his son were found dead by police at 9:37 p.m. in their Ghent, Ky. home in the 300-block of Campbell Road, according to the Kentucky State Police.
"Kentucky State Police and the Gallatin County Sheriff's Department were responding to a domestic violence call at the home Friday night. Utley and his son were declared dead at 10:33 p.m.
"The state police wouldn't release details of how Utley and his son died.
"The police statement stated evidence at the scene indicated a murder suicide.
"An autopsy will be performed sometime today at St. Luke Hospital."
Friday, February 27, 2009
"VERO BEACH, FL - A man fatally shot his wife Friday night at The Palms at Vero Beach before shooting himself and dying later at Indian River Medical Center, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
"About 9 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a call about a murder-suicide at the apartment complex at 1210 Fourth Terrace, between Sixth Avenue and Indian River Drive.
"Witnesses said they heard two `pops` in rapid succession in the parking lot and a third shot about two to three seconds later.
"The 27-year-old husband shot his 32-year-old wife through the driver’s side window of a White Dodge Magnum with Georgia license plates, said Lt. Don Smith of the Sheriff’s Office. She was dead when deputies arrived and her body was found hanging partly of the vehicle.
"Smith said the husband was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he later died.
"It was unknown how long the couple had been living at the apartment complex, Smith said.
"Identities of the couple and further information wasn’t immediately available."
"BURNEYVILLE, OK - The state Medical Examiner's office has ruled the deaths of a couple in a Love County residence to be a murder-suicide.
"Medical Examiner's office spokeswoman Cherokee Ballard says 54-year-old Carol Lee and her husband, 71-year-old James Lee, both died of a gunshot wound to the head.
"Ballard says Carol Lee's death was ruled to be a homicide, while James Lee's death was ruled to be a suicide.
"District Attorney Craig Ladd said the investigation into the deaths is not over but that the Medical Examiner's findings were `consistent with all the indicators at this point.`
"A relative discovered the Lees' bodies yesterday at their Burneyville residence. Sheriff Joe Russell says the last time anyone had seen the Lees was Tuesday."
Thursday, February 26, 2009
"DENVER, CO - A man and woman who killed themselves in the Denver West Marriott Hotel have been identified as a married Evergreen couple who apparently agreed to kill themselves together.
"The bodies of Keith August Tobler, 54, and Bonnie Bardill Julian, 56, of Evergreen were found by a hotel housekeeper Tuesday, said Jacki Kelley, spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
"Evidence suggested the two went to the Marriott at 1717 Denver West Blvd. intending to kill themselves, but it is not clear whether each shot themselves or one killed both of them, Kelley said."
Source: Denver Post...
"HUNTLEY, IL – Huntley Police confirmed Thursday that they think the shooting deaths of a man and woman found Wednesday in the woman's residence is a murder-suicide.
"Huntley Police Chief John Perkins said it appears that 39-year-old David J. Griner, the ex-boyfriend of Jennifer L. Beaudion, 33, shot Beaudion before killing himself, possibly on Tuesday night.
"Perkins said the deaths appear to be the end result of a long-running domestic dispute between the two that dates back as far as September.
"`As unfortunate of a situation as it is, it's a difficult cylcle to break,` Perkins said.
"Police found the bodies after conducting a second well-being check on Beaudion, whose boss contacted authorities after she didn't arrive at work. Police said Beaudion's sister-in-law also contacted them and arrived with keys. That's when they discovered the deaths about 1:15 p.m.
"Beaudion requested, and received, an order of protection against Griner on Nov. 20. She said she believed he had put sugar in her car's engine and water in her gas tank after finding out Nov. 12 that she had cheated on him. She said he also called her boss and sent `offensive` text messages to her peers and subordinates at work after finding out she had cheated on him.
"She said she had previously called police after they had argued."
From The Northwest Herald...
"SALINE, MI - Authorities say a customer argued with a Saline restaurant employee before stabbing him, going home and then apparently committing suicide.
"Police were dispatched Tuesday night to the Ruby Tuesday restaurant and found 28-year-old Ryan J. Lewis with a stab wound in his abdomen.
"Police Chief Paul Bunten tells The Ann Arbor News that Lewis was taken to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.
"Officers with a search warrant found the body of 23-year-old Jeremiah Rubenacker early Wednesday inside his apartment in Washtenaw County's Pittsfield Township. Bunten says Rubenacker apparently shot himself in the head."
From The Chicago Tribune...
"QUEENS, NY - A Queens man was apparently so despondent over his money troubles he murdered his wife and then set their apartment on fire - perishing in the blaze, police sources said.
"Yong Ho Kim, 52, and his wife, Sun He Kim, 45, died in their Oakland Gardens duplex before dawn, their charred corpses found sprawled near puddles of the accelerant used to fuel the flames, the sources said.
"Investigators believe Yong Ho Kim killed his spouse and then set the fire to the home. It was not immediately clear if he had planned to die or was overcome by choking smoke while trying to escape, the sources said.
"Detectives said the couple, owners of a nail salon in Long Beach, L.I., were deeply in debt, which may have prompted the murder-suicide.
"The early-morning quiet along 223rd Place was shattered by a deafening explosion at 6:30 a.m., and smoke immediately began to pour from the Kims' windows, witnesses said.
"Investigators believe Sun He Kim was already dead when the fire started, but it was not immediately known how she was killed."
Source: NY Daily News...
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
"SPRINGFIELD, MO - City police are awaiting autopsy results but believe the shooting deaths of two people on Tuesday were a murder and a suicide.
"A grown daughter of Clifford Moad, 59, found his body and that of Christy Willmon, 26, at their home at 3226 W. Kearney St. on Tuesday morning about 9:30. Willmon's children, a 6-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, were in another room of the home at the time of the shootings.
"Preliminary investigation has determined that Moad and Willmon became involved in a domestic disturbance on Tuesday morning. Both entered the bedroom and were arguing when multiple gunshots were fired.
"It appears Willmon sustained two wounds to the head to the head and Moad suffered one wound to the head. No other persons were in the room when the shooting occurred.
"Two children of Willmon were in the home. They have been placed in the care of relatives."
"Albuquerque, NM - Albuquerque police are investigating the death of Albuquerque couple Mike and Jila Wood as a murder-suicide, Albuquerque police spokeswoman Nadine Hamby said. The two, both described as in their mid-40s, were found dead from gunshot wounds in their home on the 900 block of Ram Trail SE.
"Detectives are not saying who was the shooter."
"Miami-Dade County, FL - A man shot his wife and two daughters to death before killing himself this morning, while another child was able to escape, according to preliminary information from Miami-Dade police.
"The shootings happened shortly before 6 a.m. at a home in the 16000 block of SW 98th Court, police said.
"The identities of those involved haven't been released, but police say the apparent gunman was 53, his wife was 45, and the two daughters were 11 and 12.
"A boy, 16, fled the home during the shooting, according to police.
"NBC 6 is reporting that people living in the area refered to the father as the neighborhood music teacher and cited no outward signs of trouble.
"`They're sweet people, they're nice, they're friendly, they're caring, we have recitals here,` neighbor Claretha Allen told the station."
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
"HOLMESVILLE, OH — The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent murder/suicide discovered this morning at a Salt Creek Township residence in Holmes County.
"The initial call was received at 10:20 a.m. for an emergency squad to respond to 5928 Private Road 633, Millersburg.
"Once there emergency medical personnel requested law enforcement. The bodies of Mary Edna Mullet, 57, and Wayne A. Mullet, 29, were found in two separate bedrooms in the upstairs area of the residence.
"The body of Dennis J. Mullet, 56, was found in the basement where he had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
"The two victims were also shot in the head, and authorities say the investigation indicates that Dennis Mullet was the shooter in all three deaths."
Source: Coshocton Tribune...
Monday, February 23, 2009
"Lone Tree, IA - Autopsies will be conducted today for two people found dead in an apparent murder-suicide in Lone Tree Saturday night.
"According to the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, two bodies were found just before 7 p.m. Saturday after deputies received a call concerning the safety of a woman at 401 S. Center St. Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek said in a release that deputies arrived at the house less than a half-hour after the call.
"Law enforcement officials will not release details — including names or circumstances — of the incident until after autopsies are complete. Pulkrabek said there is no public safety concern.
"Some residents of South Center Street said they were asked by investigators not to discuss the matter publicly."
More at The Gazette...
"NEW BETHLEHEM, PA - A coroner says a western Pennsylvania couple found dead in their rented trailer are victims of a murder-suicide.
"Clarion County Coroner Terry Shaffer says the bodies of 32-year-old Kelvin Shreckengost and his 31-year-old wife, Toni, were found about 6 a.m. Sunday morning.
"State police believe Kelvin Shreckengost shot his wife before shooting himself.
The trailer is located on St. Charles Road in Porter Township, about 55 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.
"Police continue to investigate."
From the Courier Express...
"Georgetown, OH - Sheriff's deputies in Brown County say they are investigating a gruesome murder suicide this morning involving two adults and a child.
"Officials have only released a few details. They say a man, woman, and a child were found dead sometime this morning at a home in the 8700 block of McGohan Road near Georgetown. The bodies were reportedly found by an older child, who returned to the home after a sleepover.
"Deputies say this case is a murder-suicide but they haven't said how the victims were killed, nor who is responsible for the murder."
From Local 12...
"BAYSIDE, NY - Cops were investigating an apparent murder-suicide Sunday after a Queens man found his father hanged and his mother stabbed to death, police said.
"The man discovered his father, Yoon Kim, 64, hanging from a stairwell in the couple's home in Baybridge Condominiums in Bayside, police said.
"Myung Hee Kim, 57, had been stabbed repeatedly in the second-floor hallway of the couple's home, cops said.
"`No one heard anything,` said next-door neighbor Stanley Rubin. `They were very quiet people. She was a lovely lady.`"
Source: Daily News...
Sunday, February 22, 2009
"Piedmont, Canada - The bodies of a 5-year-old boy and 3-year-old girl have been discovered in a home in Piedmont, up in the Laurentians.
"The children's 36-year-old father was also found on the scene, police say overdosed on medication. But he wasn't dead, and he was raced to hospital, first in St Jerôme, where he apparently works as a doctor. Then, he was transported to a hospital in Montreal. Investigators haven't been able to speak to him yet.
"As for the mother, she was tracked down way out in Charlevoix, in the Saguenay, where she was skiing."
Source: CJAD 800AM...
Saturday, February 21, 2009
"Philadelphia, PA - A North Philadelphia woman is murdered and her daughter seriously injured when a knife-wielding ex-boyfriend went on the attack, police said.
"It happened at a home in the 2000 block of North 13th Street Saturday.
"After he attacked the family, the victim's former boyfriend set the home on fire, investigators said...
"It's unclear what triggered the act of rage. Neighbors said the man stabbed the mother, identified as Yolanda Pritchett, in front of the children. When the oldest daughter tried to stop it, she was stabbed in the abdomen...
"`The fire's under control in just seven minutes, so they really had a rapid knockdown. But at that time, they found two victims upstairs,` said Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers.
"Both were dead in an apparent murder-suicide. Friends said Yolanda Pritchett was a medical technician. The mother of three leaves behind two girls, 11 and 9, and a 1-year-old boy.
"Police said the boyfriend was the father of the deceased woman's youngest child."
"Farmersville, TX - Police discovered a tragic scene at a Collin County Park late Friday evening. A man and his son were found dead in Elm Creek Park near Farmersville.
"The park is near a boat launch on the northeast side of Lavon Lake. The Collin County Sheriff's office says they are investigating the scene as a murder/suicide. They say a 38-year-old Rowlett man drove to the parking lot and shot his 14-year-old son. It's believed he then called 911 to report that two bodies could be found in the park.
"First responders found both bodies outside the man's car, each with a gunshot wound to the head. Investigators are not discussing details or a possible motive."
From CBS 11TV...
"Police in Coquitlam, B.C., say the incident in which a man plunged from the balcony of his ninth-floor apartment to his death was the result of an attempted murder-suicide.
"Investigators said the man, in his 50s, stabbed his wife multiple times during a domestic dispute on Friday, then jumped from his balcony.
"His wife, also in her 50s, was in critical condition, but was expected to survive.
"Police and emergency crews were on the scene after Friday's death, blocking traffic near the intersection of Austin Avenue and North Road, not far from the Lougheed Mall."
Source: AOL News...
"Metairie, LA - A teenager discovered the bodies of his mother and step-father Friday at the scene of what investigators say was a homicide-suicide in Metairie.
"Investigators believe the 48-year-old man shot the 47-year-old woman and then shot himself, said Col. John Fortunato, a spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.
"A semi-automatic handgun with two spent casings found by the bodies support the preliminary finding, he said.
"The shooting occurred about 6 p.m. in the 2500 block of Danny Park, Fortunato said. "
Friday, February 20, 2009
"Mount Ida, AR - There's new information from Mount Ida about Thursday night's double shooting.
"The Montgomery County Sheriff's Department now says the case is a murder-suicide.
"Investigators say it happened at an Exxon station along Highway 270 around 10:30.
"That's where a man shot and killed an employee before turning the gun on himself.
"Deputies are not yet releasing the names of those who died."
From Arkansas Matters...
"Las Vegas, NV - A police standoff ended in a murder suicide at an apartment in North Las Vegas Friday morning.
"Police received a call about a domestic dispute around 5:30 a.m. in an apartment at the Craig Ranch Villas Apartment complex near Lone Mountain and Commerce.
"`When the officers first got to the scene they made brief contact with a male who then retreated inside the home and fired upon them,` said Sgt. Tim Bedwell, NLV Police.
"The SWAT team was called and used flash grenades to see if they could force anyone out of the apartment.
"`You know two eruptions like boom, boom. I dropped to the floor,` said Reginald Scott, a neighbor.
"A handful of residents were evacuated from the apartment complex during the nearly four hour ordeal.
"When police did enter the apartment they did find the man and woman both dead. They say it will take at least a week to wrap up their investigation and determine if the deaths were due to a murder suicide."
"Hamburg, Germany - A family of four have been found slain in a ground-floor apartment in a German town in a crime which police said Friday had the hallmarks of a murder-suicide. Pathologists were studying the bodies of the husband, 38, wife, 33, daughter, 12, and son, 11.
"Prosecutors in nearby Kiel said nobody else had been involved in the deaths, which were discovered in the town of Bad Bramstedt, 50 kilometres north of Hamburg, late Thursday. They did not disclose which of the four was thought responsible."
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"MONROE, MI - An investigation is underway after two bodies were found at a Monroe Apartment Complex Thursday.
"A 53-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman were found dead in the Park West Club Apartments at Telegraph and Stewart, police [said].
"Investigators said both victims had what appeared to be knife wounds and they believe the pair died sometime Wednesday.
"The two were found in the man’s apartment by his relative.
"Neighbors [said] the two were good friends and had been seen together at the complex.
"`I saw the ambulances pull up and I knew right away something was wrong. Because I see them both everyday, and talk to them twice a day,` says friend and neighbor Amy Lyn Denby.
"Denby said the two were friends, though the man may have thought much more of the relationship. `He was so in love with her and he just got her a friendship ring... they were very good friends,` said Denby.
"The woman moved into Park West Club Apartments a few months ago.
"She’s survived by a 17-year-old son.
"Both victims’ names have not been released."
Thursday, February 19, 2009
"VERNON, AL - A Vernon woman died Wednesday night after being shot by her husband in an apparent murder-suicide.
"Vernon Police officers found Edna Waldon, 51, and Johnny Waldon, 62, in the master bathroom of their home on Third Court Northwest on Wednesday afternoon.
"Employees at the beauty parlor where Edna Waldon worked called police when she didn’t show up for work on Wednesday, Chief Ted Collins said in a release. Officers discovered the couple at 12:25 p.m. Edna Waldon had been shot in the head, Collins said. Johnny Waldon had apparently shot himself in the head and was pronounced dead at 1:05 p.m. by Lamar County Coroner Marshall Guyton.
"His wife later died at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa."
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"Lafayette, LA - Neighbors were in shock Wednesday after a mother and son were found dead in their home on Clause Street in the early-morning hours.
"A relative of 79-year-old Joan Tyler and 54-year-old David Tyler found the bodies and alerted police. Both had suffered gunshot wounds.
"Police have released few details about what may have led to the shooting.
"Just a day before the shooting, David Tyler was arrested for simple battery for an alleged altercation with his mother at the residence.
"According to Mouton and an arrest report, the man allegedly pushed his mother to the ground.
"He was arrested by Lafayette police officers around 1 p.m. Tuesday.
"Officials at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center say the man was released some time before 6 a.m. Wednesday.
"Lafayette Police Department spokesman Cpl. Paul Mouton said Joan Tyler's other son alerted authorities about the shooting deaths around 7:20 a.m. Wednesday.
"Investigators are still trying to pinpoint when the shooting actually occurred and if anyone else was involved..."
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"Johannesburg, S.A. - A 25-year-old man was arrested in Garankuwa on Tuesday for allegedly killing his girlfriend, Pretoria police said.
"The man was arrested at the George Mukhari hospital around midnight for allegedly killing the 24-year-old woman at his room on Sunday.
"`He tried to commit suicide after he hit her with a blunt object in her face,` said spokesman Inspector Mattews Nkoadi.
"`After the murder he swallowed a large amount of pills but he was taken to hospital by his friends minutes after. We arrested him after we found a suicide note which he wrote admitting the crime,` said Nkoadi."
"BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD - Police are investigating the discovery of two bodies inside a Baltimore County home.
"Detectives said they received a report about gunfire heard in the 3700 block of Lamoine Road in Randallstown at about 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
"When authorities arrived on the scene, they found a man and a woman dead inside the living room. The victims have been identified as 31-year-old Irvin Fraction and 40-year-old Michelle Scarborough. Police believe they are victims in a murder-suicide and were in a relationship. Authorities did not say who they believe killed whom."
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009
"Dothan, TX - The deaths of a local businessman and his wife inside of their home on Tuesday have been ruled a murder/suicide by the Houston County Sheriff’s Office.
"The official cause of death for John and Carolyn Coskrey was announced during a press conference at the sheriff’s department at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
"The couple were found dead inside their home on U.S. 231 South of Dothan early Tuesday afternoon. Both had suffered from gunshot wounds.
Sheriff Andy Hughes said a handgun and shotgun were seized from the home.
"`We believe those weapons were used,` Hughes said. `Carolyn Coskrey was shot by John Coskrey, then he turned the gun upon himself.`
"An emergency call was made by a relative at 1:09 p.m., indicating two people had possibly been shot. Deputies were on scene by 1:22 p.m. There was no sign of forced entry to the house and no outside foul play is believed to be involved. No note was found."
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"Sauk Village, IL - Officials are investigating a possible murder-suicide Tuesday night after two people were found dead in their south suburban home.
"Benita Shaheed, 50, and Sarwar Shaheed, 43, were found at their home, on the 1100 block of Janice Drive, and both were apparently shot to death, a spokesman for the Cook County Medical Examiner's said.
"Benita was pronounced dead on the scene at 9:33 p.m. and Sarwar was pronounced a minute later at 9:34 p.m.
"The Shaheed's were both shot in the head, the spokesman said, adding that the incident was possibly a murder-suicide.
"The time the of shooting, and the relationship between the two was not immediately available."
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"CALDWELL, OH - A young boy, his mother and father were all discovered early this morning at their home on Hunters Cut Road near Belle Valley after the father, Theodore A. Bayly, 39, called saying he had killed his family and was going to kill himself.
"Noble County Sheriff Landon Smith said Bayly called his office just before 2 a.m. saying he had killed his wife, Janice, 40, and their son, Colton, 11 and told dispatchers where to find the bodies.
"Smith said the dispatcher attempted to talk to Bayly for seven minutes, but Bayly went ahead and shot himself on an embankment near the family’s mobile home.
"Colton and Janice were both strangled to death, Smith said. Colton was discovered in the backseat of a vehicle at the home and Janice was discovered inside the home, Smith said.
"Smith said Bayly said the family was having financial problems, which may have been a motive in the murders and suicide.
"Smith said he informed the Noble Local School District early this morning of Colton’s death so teachers and students could be prepared.
"`It’s tragic,` Smith said. `We’ve never had any dealings with this family. No 911 calls, no domestic violence calls. Nothing.`"
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009
"LAKELAND, FL - An attempted murder-suicide at a Lakeland Publix warehouse left one man dead and another man with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
"According to Lakeland police, Christopher Robinson, 21, of Lakeland, shot Robinsonne Joseph, 26, at about 11:30 a.m. before committing suicide.
"Robinson was taken to a nearby hospital. It's not known what part of his body was struck, and his condition was not released.
"Both men worked at the warehouse where the shooting took place, police said.
"A motive for the shooting is not known."
"Richmond, VA - Trinity McKay decided to wait until today to tell her children that their father was dead.
"Her husband, Sean McKay, was shot and killed Sunday outside the couple's home in South Richmond in the 100 block of Chuckatuck Avenue.
"Yesterday was their daughter's 6th birthday, and Trinity McKay didn't want to ruin it by sharing the news.
"As McKay remembered her husband yesterday, she continued to puzzle over the seeming randomness of the killing. She said she was unaware of any problem or disagreement between her husband and his killer.
"Police have said the gunman hurried up the street after shooting McKay and fatally shot himself. Authorities said yesterday that they still were awaiting positive identification of the shooter.
"Neighbors say the shooter was known for his outbursts and erratic behavior. He lived in a house in the same block as the McKay family.
"Online land records of the city of Richmond identify the owner of the house as Clifford D. Sauer.
"Police yesterday declined to discuss the case. On Sunday, they said the shooting possibly stemmed from a `neighborhood dispute` but did not elaborate."
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"Shreveport, LA - Shreveport police have released the names of the man and woman who died in an apparent murder-suicide at a Shreveport apartment complex on Coates Bluff Drive about 9:40 a.m. Monday.
"The body of Rebecca Thompson, 41, was found outside The Willows apartment she shared with her boyfriend, John Spicer Jr., 49, according to police. She had a gunshot wound to the neck and side.
"Spicer was discovered in the bedroom of their apartment with a gunshot wound to the head, police said. Police found a shotgun near his body.
"`The man's wound appears to be self-inflicted, but we don't know,` police Lt. J.V. Webb said. `The initial call was that a man accidentally shot himself. The story continued to change quickly, and by the time we got there we didn't know what to expect.`"
Monday, February 16, 2009
"MOSS POINT, MS - A Moss Point woman is dead after an apparent attempted murder suicide Saturday night. A 911 call came to Moss Point Police Dispatch just before 9:30 last night from 5900 Youpon Street from a woman saying she had been shot.
"Moss Point Police officials said they also received a call from the Jackson County Sheriff's Department dispatch, advising that a man had called from the same address to report a shooting.
"When officers arrived on the scene, they found 39-year-old Tonia Wells and 46-year-old Alfred Darryl Robinson inside the home with gunshot wounds.
"They were taken to Singing River Hospital, where Wells was later pronounced dead from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen, according the Jackson County Coroner Vicky Broadus.
"Robinson was still in critical condition Sunday evening.
"Moss Point Police are tight-lipped about the shooting. They say that's because it's still under investigation."
"North Fork, CA - The Madera County Sheriff's Department is investigating the deaths of two people who were killed by gunshots this afternoon in North Fork.
"Deputies who responded to a call of shots fired around 3 p.m. discovered the man and woman in a home on Road 274. The bodies were found not far from each other, authorities said.
"Sheriff John Anderson said based on the preliminary investigation, `it looks to me like a murder-suicide.` Investigators believe the woman shot the man with a handgun and then shot herself.
"Anderson said the woman appeared to be in her 40s and the man appeared to be in his 20s. Authorities are not identifying the dead pending notification of relatives.
"North Fork is a small town in the Madera County foothills. A double shooting is `very unusual for this community,` Anderson said."
Sunday, February 15, 2009
"Swabi, Pakistan - A man in Swabi district killed three people of a family and later committed suicide, police said on Sunday.
"The police said Abdul Basit killed the three men in the district’s Anbar village, adding that the men were identified as Abdul Malik, a butcher, and his two sons - Farooq and Khalid. The police said the three butchers were slaughtering an animal early in the morning when Basit opened fire at them, killing the men instantly. Police officials said the accused later shot himself at his home. They said Basit had had a heated argument with the butchers a few days back, adding that it appeared to be the reason for the killings. The police have registered a first information report."
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"Lufkin, TX - The Angelina County Sheriff's Office has released the names of three people who died Saturday morning in an apparent double-murder/suicide at a residence about 3 miles northeast of the Lufkin city limits.
"Rickey Mullin, 45, of Lufkin, his estranged wife Margaret Renee' Mullin, 35, of Nacogdoches, and her mother, Brenda Sue Mayo Alderman, 58, of Nacogdoches were found dead on the scene at Rickey's home at 1170 Lightfoot Road off FM 842 when investigators arrived.
"`We knew they were deceased from the med unit when they got there,` said lead investigator David Rodriguez with the ACSO. `They had no vital signs.`
"Rickey apparently shot his wife and mother-in-law before turning the gun on himself, according to investigators.
"`We're still processing evidence and still going through things,` Rodriguez said. `From what we can gather, the estranged wife and mother came over and something went horribly wrong. They suffered fatal gunshot wounds and we believe the actor turned the gun on himself.`
"When deputies arrived on scene they found a man lying in front of the residence, Rodriguez said. There were reports of several shots being fired into a van, and there was van a parked off to the right of the residence.
"`There was a lot of blood. The cab of the van was completely destroyed,` Rodriguez said."
"Montgomery, AL - Three children likely witnessed a double-homicide and suicide that took place about noon on Sunday at the Sunrise Apartments at 31 Cecil Lane, said Montgomery police spokesman Lt. Mark Drinkard.
"Police responded to a call about a shooting in progress at 12:17 p.m., Drinkard said, and when they arrived found three people, all dead. All indications are that a mother and daugther were shot and killed by a maie gunman who was in a relationship with the daughter. The gunman then apparently killed himself.
"LaTonya Wilkins-Harvest, 32, lived at the residence with shooter Salatho Brown, 29, and the three children, police said. The female victim and the Brown were the mother and father of the children. Marthella Wilkins, 52, who lived at 350 Dyas Drive, was the mother [of] Wilkins-Harvest."
Saturday, February 14, 2009
"GRANGER, WA - Police say a 64-year-old man shot his girlfriend to death at a tavern in south-central Washington, then killed himself at his home two blocks away.
"It happened in Granger, southeast of Yakima off Interstate 82. Witnesses say Salvador Ramirez and his girlfriend, 49-year-old Eliva Antunez Roman, had been together Friday night at the Circle Inn Tavern, but Ramirez left and returned with a gun just after midnight. He shot the woman once in the head, then left and shot himself.
"Police say they don't know what prompted the shooting."
Friday, February 13, 2009
"MACON, GA - A Macon man and his wife were pronounced dead today afternoon after a shooting at their home on Walnut Street.
"Henry Weston and his wife, Judy, were found dead shortly before 2 p.m. when authorities responded to their residence to investigate reports of gunshots.
"`They both died of gunshot wounds, and both of their bodies are being sent to Jackson for full autopsies,` said Noxubee County Coroner R.L. Calhoun. `That's about all I can say about it right now, since the autopsies are pending and the investigation is ongoing.`
"The couple's son, Henry Weston Jr., also had been shot. He was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle to be treated for a pair of gunshot wounds. As of 6:45 p.m., he remained in the hospital in an unknown condition.
"`All I can say right now is that there are two deceased and one injured,` said Macon Police Chief Petey Freshour. `The case remains under investigation.`"
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Wednesday, February 11, 2009
"Le Grand, CA - The bodies of a man and a woman were found in a home outside Le Grand in Merced County on Tuesday. Both victims were shot to death.
"67-year-old Charles Ray Dixon and his wife 67-year-old Charlotte Dixon were found near each other, each with a single gunshot wound. A small caliber handgun was found near the bodies.
"Investigators say the couple’s 12-year-old granddaughter was inside the home at the time of the shooting and she was able to call her father for help. The girl said she was upstairs in a bedroom and heard her grandparents arguing before the shots were fired. She then called her father who rushed to the home and called 911.
"Deputies don't believe anyone outside the home was involved. Detectives investigating the case said that it appears that Mr. Dixon fired a single shot killing his wife and then he turned the gun on himself."
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"PATASKALA, OH — Police released new information Wednesday about a suspicious fire and an apparent murder-suicide.
"Firefighters responded to a fire at a home on Amber Road at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday...
"Investigators said the fire seemed to be concentrated in three different areas of the house, and they noticed signs of an accelerant.
"The owner of the home, Jeffrey McKnight, was not home at the time of the fire...
"Officers went to a home on Summit Road to locate McKnight, 53. When they arrived, officers found the bodies of Jeffrey McKnight and Charles McKnight.
"Police said one of the victims was shot and the other victim was stabbed. The victims' bodies were taken to the Licking County Coroner's office for autopsies.
"Investigators said the home on Amber Road may have been in foreclosure."
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
"Berlin - A family of three were found stabbed to death in the basement of a western German home Tuesday in what police said appeared to be a murder and suicide. The father, 51, had fatal stab wounds from the front, suggesting he had turned the knife on himself after stabbing his wife, 39, and daughter, 10, in both the back and the chest, said a prosecutor, Hans-Christian Gutjahr.
"Several knives were lying in the room of the home in a rural area east of the city of Essen. Police said there was no apparent motive for the man, a tiler, to kill his family. The man's step-daughter, 15, discovered the bloodbath when she arrived home from school."
Monday, February 9, 2009
"LAMONT, Canada - Fort Saskatchewan RCMP are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in Lamont.
"RCMP were called to a house at 5520 45th Street in Lamont around 12:40 p.m. Sunday. They discovered the bodies of Linda Marie Piercey, 48, and Wayne Warford, 45, inside.
"Piercey's death is being treated as a homicide, RCMP said in a press release.
"`At this time, investigators do not believe that anyone other than Warford contributed to his death,` the release said.
"The bodies were found in different rooms in the house.
"RCMP believe Piercey and Warford had been living together until very recently. Warford was seen picking up Piercey from another location around 9 a.m. Sunday, but attempts to reach the pair by phone later that day were unsuccessful."
"POTTSVILLE, PA - An eastern Pennsylvania man and his wife are dead in a domestic shooting.
"Pottsville police say they were called to the couple's home by the wife just before 8:45 a.m. Sunday.
"They found Amybeth Williams and her husband, Jeffrey, in the basement with gunshot wounds.
"Jeffrey Williams died at the scene from what police say was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Amybeth Williams was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital where she later died.
"Police say the husband and wife were the only people involved in the shooting. Their two children were not home at the time."
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"Deerfield Beach, FL - A mother and her young daughter were taken to the hospital early this morning after an attempted murder/suicide in which the mother slit her daughter's wrists, then her own, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.
"The mother and daughter have been identified as Silvia H. Garcia, 41, and Sabrina, age 6 or 7, the Sheriff's Office said.
"The woman's husband, the child's father, found the two victims when he came home and called 911 at 3:08 a.m. for help. Deerfield Beach Fire Rescue workers responded to 1186 S.W. 44 St. where they found the injured mother and daughter.
"The incident occurred in a community east of Florida's Turnpike called The Waterways, a gated community of townhouses and single-family homes. A neighbor who lives across the street from the family declined to comment, saying he was too upset and did not want to cause the family further distress."
"Cumberland County, TN - Saturday afternoon around 4 pm Cumberland County Sheriff's Deputies and Investigators was called to 1121 Chestnut Hill Road to a shooting.
"Two bodies were found at the scene dead from gunshot wounds in an apparent murder / suicide. Dead at the scene were Kenneth Wayne Rose, 53, of Chestnut Hill Road and his mother Frances Burgess Rose, 83.
"Both individuals have been sent for an autopsy and Cumberland County Sheriff's Investigators are continuing the investigation."
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Sunday, February 8, 2009
"New York, NY - A man and a woman were shot to death in an Upper West Side apartment by a man who then apparently killed himself on Friday night, the police said. Some neighbors said they heard what sounded like gunshots, and one notified the doorman, but the police were not called until 5 p.m. on Saturday, the authorities said.
"Residents of the 10-story co-op building, at 123 West 93rd Street [StreetView], near Columbus Avenue, said they heard bangs or pops and a scream about 8 p.m. on Friday. Law enforcement officials said that one resident alerted the doorman, who went upstairs to the eighth-floor apartment and knocked on the door, but got no response. The three bodies were not found until after 5:10 p.m. on Saturday, when the building’s superintendent called the police after speaking to the resident who had initially contacted the doorman, the officials said.
"Law enforcement officials identified one of the victims as Debra Silver, 46, who was listed in property records as the owner of the apartment. Her body was found on the floor with gunshot wounds to her face and torso, along with the body of a 57-year-old man, who had been shot once in the torso.
"The body of a 55-year-old man was found in a chair with a semiautomatic 9 millimeter handgun in his lap, officials said. He had a single gunshot wound to the head, which the police said appeared to have been self-inflicted."
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