Saturday, April 30, 2011
"MARION TOWNSHIP, MI — Authorities say a Handy Township man who tried to stab his estranged wife's boyfriend to death later fatally shot himself in his truck.
"WHMI in Howell reports state troopers responded to a home invasion call in Marion Township shortly after 12 a.m. Saturday.
"Michigan State Police found that the 40-year-old man had stabbed his estranged wife's live-in boyfriend several times in the neck, throat, and abdomen while two young children were in the house.
"Police said Saturday that the victim was in critical condition at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.
"The Detroit Free Press reports that hours after the stabbing, the estranged husband shot and killed himself while sitting in his truck as a state trooper tried to talk to him."
"COLUMBUS, OH — Police say a man shot and killed his wife and then took his own life early this morning inside a Clintonville home.
"One of the couple's children called 911 from inside the house at 471 Dunedin Rd. just before 6:30 this morning, said Columbus Police homicide detective Dana Croom.
"Although some relatives were at the scene this morning, Croom said a few immediate family members still haven't been notified of the deaths, so the couple's names have not been released.
"The couple's two children, a 16-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old son, were being interviewed by police with the help of counselors from Netcare, Croom said. There also is a 22-year-old son, Croom said.
"He wouldn't yet discuss a possible motive for the shootings.
"Neighbors and relatives, however, said the family seemed fine yesterday."
From the Columbus Dispatch...
"LA CRESCENTA, CA — Homicide detectives were investigating the discovery of a woman's body found Friday near the La Crescenta Avenue off-ramp of the 210 Freeway.
"About 5 p.m., the woman was apparently shot two times inside the car and then dumped on the side of the freeway as the car was moving about, officials said.
"Glendale Police Department officials said a suspect was in custody. He was injured from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the upper torso and was rushed to the hospital.
"The suspected allegedly fled the area and went south on the 2 Freeway before being apprehended.
"`It was just two people in the vehicle,` said Lt. Mark Rosson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. `We don't know if it was a domestic dispute. We don't know what the relationship is. It's not road rage.`
"Officials did not identify the suspect or the victim."
"HARRIS COUNTY, TX — Two people were found dead Friday morning after a fire inside a northwest Harris County home.
"The victims have been identified only as an adult and child. Neighbors said a woman, Liliana Micolta, and her 8-year-old daughter lived in the home. A search of Harris County records shows Micolta bought the house in 2004 and by many accounts kept to herself.
"Investigators suspect it was a case of murder/suicide.
"Investigators say they won't be able to make positive identifications without an autopsy.
"One firefighter was injured while battling the fire. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment."
"RED BLUFF, CA — The names of the man and woman found dead in their Red Bluff residence on Wednesday are Doyal William Meeks, and Migdalia Phillips, reported the Red Bluff Police Department.
"Police said that Meeks, 52, and Phillips, 42, died from a single gunshot wound to each of them and the investigation is being handled as a possible domestic violence murder, suicide.
"The couple had been living together at the First Street home located across the street from Red Bluff High School, according to Sgt. Dan Flowerdew.
"Red Bluff Fire personnel found Meeks and Phillips in the residence at 8:12 a.m. on Wednesday, with police arriving soon after.
"The autopsies on the bodies were conducted at the Yolo County Coroner's Office on Friday.
"Police said the could not release any further information at this time pending the results and conclusion of an investigation being conducted by the Department of Justice."
From the Corning Observer...
Thursday, April 28, 2011
"KILLEEN, TX — Killeen Police are investigating the deaths of a father and daughter that occurred in the 2100 block of Coach Dr. today, Thursday, April 28, 2011.
"Officers responded to 2114 Coach Dr. when a family member made a 911 call at 4:17am, telling them that they arrived home to find that there had been two people shot inside the residence. Officers arrived to find the 37 year old male resident and his 5 year old daughter with gunshot wounds. The female victim was immediately transported to Metroplex Hospital where she was pronounced deceased at 5:15am by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke. Judge Cooke then arrived at 2114 Coach Dr. and pronounced the male victim deceased at 5:45am; he ordered autopsies to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas on both victims.
"The preliminary investigation reveals that the 37 year old Anthony Means shot his daughter, 5 year old Nina Sheree Means, and then shot himself."
"SPRINGFIELD, IL — Springfield police say people who live near an apartment at 2124 Watch Ave. where two people were found shot to death Wednesday should not be worried about a gunman in the neighborhood.
"`It didn’t look like somebody came here and committed a crime and left,` Deputy Police Chief Cliff Buscher said Wednesday evening.
"One of the possibilities police are investigating is that the deaths were a murder-suicide, Buscher said, but no conclusions have been reached.
"Family members called police about 4 p.m. to report finding two bodies inside the apartment.
"Police said the bodies were that of a man and a woman.
"The Sangamon County coroner's office identifed them Thursday morning as Keon Rice, 28, and Jamie Weickart, 30. Autopsies will be conducted at a to-be-determined time.
"Buscher would not discuss their relationship, but a neighbor said they were boyfriend and girlfriend."
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
"THRASHER, MS — Prentiss County Sheriff Randy Tolar said his department is investigating a Tuesday morning shooting death.
"Tolar said deputies responded to a call that someone had been shot in the Thrasher Community at about 1:15 a.m.
"He said upon arrival at the scene a 65-year-old woman Barbara McCoy of 59 CR 1040 was found with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. Deputies also found the found the body of 72-year-old Edward McCoy at the same address.
"Tolar said the man appeared to have suffered a self inflicted gunshot wound. He and the 65-year-old victim were married.
"The woman was taken to the Magnolia Regional Medical Center in Corinth, where authorities say she is in critical condition but stable condition."
"SECTION, AL — Two people are dead after an apparent murder suicide in Jackson County.
"Investigators found Rhonda and Eugene Palmer shot to death in their home.
"Jackson County Sheriff Chuck Phillips said his office received a call Tuesday morning to a house on Highway 35 just outside Section, near County Road 623.
"Sheriff Phillips said Eugene Palmer shot his wife multiple times before he shot himself.
"Eugene Palmer's boss called law enforcement authorities when he was not at work Tuesday morning.
"`We received a call from [his] employer, that he didn't show up to work, and they contacted Section Police, as it was very unusual that he didn't show up,` Phillips said.
"An officer went to the house to do a welfare check and talk to the couple, and found them dead.
"Investigators believe the shooting happened between Saturday night and Sunday night.
"`We're still in the preliminary stages of the investigation, and the bodies will be taken to Huntsville for an autopsy,` Phillips said.
"The sheriff did not say if the Palmers had any health issues.
"`We have found some other evidence that leads us in another direction that I'd rather not say.`
"Sheriff Phillips said they do not think anyone else was at the home at the time of the shooting."
"PICAYUNE, MS — Only the name of the victim involved in an Easter murder and attempted suicide has been released. Authorities are waiting to identify the suspect.
"The deceased has been identified as 36 year-old Shandra Sheree Lavigne of Picayune, according to WDAM.com. That story states that her body was found in a home on 1013 Myrick Avenue in Lumberton and that the man who allegedly shot her is 61 years-old and also from Picayune, but the station did not identify the suspect’s name.
"Officers with the Lumberton Police Department were called to a Lumberton home at about 11:30 Easter morning to find the body of the Pearl River County woman. She had allegedly been shot and killed by a man who apparently tried to kill himself after shooting the woman, said Capt. C. Franklin with the Lumberton Police.
"Franklin said Monday morning that the suspect is still alive, but the sheriff’s department would not release the man’s name. With Monday being a holiday for Confederate Memorial Day, Franklin said he did not expect any identifying information to be released until Tuesday.
"`Until I can actually talk with the family members, we’re not going to release the names,` Franklin said Monday morning.
"Franklin said the suspect was conscious when he was taken to the hospital on Sunday and the suspect was able to tell officers that the he and female were involved in an altercation prior to the shooting after which he attempted to kill himself. Franklin said the suspect was last listed as being in serious condition."
Source: Picayune Item...
"PLYMOUTH, MA — According to emergency broadcast reports, Plymouth firefighters and police responded to a call around 10:25 p.m. Monday night at a residence where they found a `non-viable victim` and another victim suffering from a femoral artery cut.
"The victim suffering from the femoral artery cut was transported to Jordan Hospital in Plymouth with critical injuries. He later died from his injuries.
"According to WHDH, police are ruling the incident an apparent murder/suicide. The man met police at the door of the home with a skill saw and proceeded to injure himself, WHDH said. His wife and their two dogs were found dead.
"State Police detectives and Plymouth police spent several hours gathering evidence at the residence which was surrounded with crime scene tape.
"An investigation into last night's incident continues."
Source: Plymouth Daily News...
Monday, April 25, 2011
"HONAKER, VA — A domestic call to a residence on Tennessee Street ended with the discovery of three bodies April 24.
"Russell County Sheriff Steve Dye said E-911 received a call to the residence of Shirley Blankenship around eight p.m. He said Blankenship made the call as she was leaving the residence and told the dispatchers she feared her son-in-law had shot her daughter and granddaughter. Dye could not confirm a scanner report that neighbors reported hearing gunfire around the same time.
"He said the daughter, Tina Denise Blackburn, 45, and her husband William Anthony Blackburn, 46, and Tina’s daughter, from another marriage, Jodi Caye Sisk, 18, were living with Blankenship at the residence about two miles outside Honaker toward the New Garden-Finney area.
"He said deputies and the Virginia State Police were dispatched to the scene.
"Deputies attempted to make contact with anyone inside the residence numerous times before the Emergency Response Team entered the house.
"They discovered the Body of Jodi Sisk on the front porch and Tina and William Blackburn were discovered in the den. Dye said all three had been shot.
"Detectives from the sheriff’s office and agents from the state police worked the crime scene and discovered a semi automatic nine millimeter pistol they believe was the murder weapon.
"Dye said all three bodies have been sent to the medical examiner for autopsies. He said officers had responded to domestic calls at the residence in the past."
"TAMPA, FL — Tampa police said Monday that they are investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide.
"According to police, neighbors near the location of 1409 S. Moody Ave. in Tampa called 911 after they heard gunshots and screams Sunday.
"When officers arrived, according to investigators, they found Mark McVicker, 39, and Melissa Morrison, 33, dead from gunshot wounds. Investigators say they found a gun in the bedroom of the residence, and it appears to be a murder-suicide."
Sunday, April 24, 2011
"WOODBURY, NY — Town of Woodbury Police believe a man shot his girlfriend multiple times before taking his own life in an apparent murder-suicide early Saturday morning.
"Officers responded to a 1 a.m. Saturday call for shots fired on Woodward Terrace. Police believe Vincent Russo, 26, of Virginia, used a .40 caliber handgun to shoot his girlfriend, Ramy Jacildo, 22, of the Philippines, multiple times before taking his own life.
"Officers found Russo lying in the home’s driveway with a gunshot wound to the head, officials said. He was transported by Woodbury Ambulance and Mobile Life to Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern where he was pronounced dead.
"Jacildo was found slumped against the side of the home. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Autopsies were scheduled Sunday afternoon at the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office.
"Russo and Jacildo apparently met about a year ago while she was on vacation in Washington D.C., police officials said. They had been in a long-distance relationship ever since.
"Jacildo was in Central Valley visiting family who live at the Woodward Terrace home. Russo came up from Virginia to meet her and her family, police said. Police are trying to piece together what happened next.
"The investigation is ongoing. Town of Woodbury Police were assisted at the scene by the State Police and Village of Harriman Police.
"This is the first murder in the Town of Woodbury in more than 40 years, officials said."
"CHICAGO, IL — A woman and man were found fatally shot in River North in what police are calling a murder-suicide Saturday, officials said.
"Josephine Martinez, 68, of the 500 block of West Superior Street, was found shot multiple times at home, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. She was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 7:20 p.m.
"A man, Frank Davila, 64, was also found shot at that address, a medical examiner's spokeswoman said. He was dead on the scene.
"Police initially responded to the house around 6:40 p.m. for calls of shots fired, according to police News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak.
"When officers arrived, they found the woman with multiple gunshot wounds to her body and the man with one gunshot wound to his head, Kubiak said.
"The murder-suicide appears to be domestic related. The man and woman used to be married but were divorced, Kubiak said, but were still living together.
"A handgun was recovered on the scene."
Source: Chicago Tribune...
"BATON ROUGE, LA — Two sisters, one in her mid-60s, the other 70, were found dead Friday in an apparent murder-suicide, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office reported Saturday.
"Sheriff’s deputies discovered the bodies of Gwen C. Williams, 70, and her sister and roommate, Sylvia K. Cason, 64, after forcing their way into the residence at 3433 Old Quarter.
"Deputies found the women’s bodies in the living room, according to a sheriff’s news release.
"Cason, who was on the couch, had been shot multiple times, while Williams, who was found on a recliner, had one gunshot wound, deputies said.
"Deputies had visited the home after Williams’ daughter, who lives out of town, asked the Sheriff’s Office to check on her mother and her aunt, the news release said.
"After talking to Williams’ daughter, deputies learned that Williams had talked about committing suicide and had said she would also kill her younger sister because she didn’t want her to be alone after she committed suicide, the news release said.
"There was no suicide note, the news release said."
Saturday, April 23, 2011
"ARLINGTON, TX — Police are investigating a murder-suicide at an Arlington pre-school.
"Authorities say a father was the last to pick up his child from the Country Day School of Arlington Montessori at about 5:45 p.m. Friday. Police said he was approached by a younger man as he walked to his car with his 3-year-old daughter.
"Dana Downs, who lives nearby, heard what happened next.
"`I was taking out the trash and I heard gunshots,` she said. `I heard boom, boom, pause, boom, and then I heard boom, boom, boom. So, I heard a total of six gunshots.`
"Arlington police say the younger man shot the child's father and then killed himself. The father died at the hospital. The 3-year-old was not injured.
"Police are investigating the motive, but say the two men knew each other.
"`I believe this person perhaps knew where the individual was going, so there appears to be some history between them in the past,` said police spokesman Os Flores.
"Flores said the men are not relatives.
"The identities of the victim and alleged shooter have not been released."
Friday, April 22, 2011
"FAIRBANKS, AK — A suspected murder-suicide in South Fairbanks is under investigation today.
"Fairbanks residents Kenneth Evans, 44, and his wife, Lora Evans, were found in a vehicle at the end of Peger Road near the Tanana River, said Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen.
"Lora Evans was already dead, and Kenneth Evans died at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Preliminary investigation revealed Lora Evans was killed by Kenneth Evans, who then took his own life, according to a trooper news release.
"Troopers reported receiving a call at 9:22 a.m. from a woman who had spoken to Kenneth Evans by phone. She told troopers Kenneth Evans said he planned to commit suicide and said his wife was already dead. He also gave the the location of the vehicle."
From the Daily News-Miner...
"HAVRE DE GRACE, MD — Harford County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating a murder-suicide.
"Sheriff's Department spokesperson, Monica Worrell, says the two bodies of a husband and wife were found inside their home in the 100 block of Northway Drive in the Webster Village area of Havre de Grace, just after 4:00 p.m.
"Police have identified the man as John Roger Keith Preston, 53 and the woman as Frances Blake Preston, 50.
"Worrell says that it appears that the John shot his wife in the living room of their home and then himself in the bedroom.
"The couple did not have any children, and were found by John's parents.
"At this time there is no known possible motive."
"SOUTH SALT LAKE, UT — Police on Friday afternoon said they now believe a man first killed his fiancée and then himself at a four-plex here Friday morning.
"Police spokesman Gary Keller said the Medical Examiner’s Office has determined the woman died of blunt force trauma. He declined to say how the man was killed, or what has led investigators to now treat the deaths as a murder-suicide.
"`There’s no indication of anyone being shot by a gun,` said Keller, who added there was no forced entry into the apartment in the bottom-right unit of the building at 3372 S. 200 East.
"Police were called to the apartment at 6:24 a.m. Keller said three men lived in the apartment, but the female victim did not.
"While police have not yet officially identified the victims, their families spoke about the slayings Friday. A group of friends and family stood in shock throughout the day waiting to hear new information.
"Just two weeks ago, Brigham Jimenez’s cousin came over to his house for dinner and to show the family the ring. She was to be married in June.
"`There was going to be a wedding in June, then this tragedy happened,` Jimenez said.
"He said he didn’t see any problems between Bernice Torres and her fiancé, 21-year-old Cesar Bastidas."
From The Salt Lake Tribune...
"GARDEN CITY, NY — An unemployed Long Island man ashamed over stealing his 88-year-old mother's money strangled her and then slit his wrists in a botched suicide attempt, authorities said Friday.
"James Olsen, 56, choked Ruth Olsen with a scarf-like article of clothing inside their Garden City home early Thursday, authorities said.
"`We believe that he was conflicted over the amount of money he was spending and didn't want mom to know,` Nassau County Police Detective Lt. John Azzata said.
"Details of the murder began to emerge after James Olsen called 9-1-1 about 8 p.m. Thursday. Olsen told a dispatcher he needed `police assistance,` Azzata said.
"Two Garden City cops rushed to the Olsen home on College Place - and found James bleeding from his wrists and his mother already dead.
"Investigators determined the murder happened several hours earlier.
"`He was not confronted,` Azzata said, adding that Olsen was `using his mother's money in his own way.`
"James Olsen, charged with second-degree murder, is being treated for his injuries at Nassau University Medical Center.
"Olsen has prior arrests for driving drunk in 1998 and 2005, authorities said."
Source: NY Daily News...
Thursday, April 21, 2011
"KNOXVILLE, TN — The husband and wife killed in their East Knox County home Wednesday night died in a murder-suicide, authorities said today.
"An autopsy found William Alvis Smith, 70, apparently stabbed his wife, Lois, 67, in the chest as she slept, then stabbed himself, Knox County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Martha Dooley said. He left no note.
"KCSO deputies found the couple’s bodies in the bedroom of their locked home, 5833 Thorngrove Pike, in the Marbledale community. Relatives had called E-911 to ask for a welfare check.
"Neighbors said the couple had been married nearly 50 years with a history of fights and quarrels. Dooley said records bear out that history."
"CHAPARRAL, NM — Otero and Dona Ana county sheriff's deputies responded to a possible murder-suicide attempt, according to law enforcement officials.
"It happened just after 9 a.m. Wednesday at 833 David Michael Drive in Chaparral, N.M., according to Otero County Sheriff David Hunter.
"A witness at the scene [said] it started with a domestic dispute inside the home. The man hit the woman, giving her a black eye. They said soon after, the man picked up a knife.
"The woman was able to block the majority of the knife attacks, according to Hunter. She suffered only minor cuts on her hands while trying to defend herself, he said. The woman managed to escape and call authorities, he said.
"Hunter said after the woman escaped, the man decided to barricade himself inside the home. He then slashed himself across the throat and punctured himself in the chest, the witness said.
"The man was airlifted to a hospital and is expected to be OK. The woman is in stable condition, said Hunter."
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
"CHILLICOTHE, MO — The Chillicothe Police Department released the names of two people found dead inside a west Chillicothe residence Monday afternoon.
"According to a press release, officers responded to 1625 Polk St. in reference to a possible attempted suicide shortly before 3:30 p.m. Monday. En route to the location, officers received a report stating another gunshot was heard.
"When officers entered the residence, they discovered Adam Hays, 35, and his wife, Kelly Hays, 30, dead. Officers believe Mr. Hays shot his wife before turning the gun on himself after finding a single gunshot wound in each body.
"Officers located a handgun believed to be the weapon involved in the incident. Officers continue to question friends and family of the couple to determine a motive, Capt. Tony Kirkendoll said."
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Monday, April 18, 2011
"DOUGLAS, AZ — Authoritie believe that a morning shots fired call is the result of a murder suicide in the town of Douglas.
"Sgt. Jose Duarte with the Douglas Police Department said they responded Monday morning to a shots fired call at the home located in the 700 block of 8th street.
"Officers found two people, a man and a woman who were shot in the residence. Paramedics provided medical care to the couple but both died from their wounds at the hospital.
"Detectives are withholding the name of the couple pending family notification. Initial information leads detectives to believe this is a murder suicide."
"WARREN, MI — Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide today involving a man and woman whose pickup truck struck a tree near Nine Mile and Mound, officials said.
"Authorities received a report between 11:30 a.m. and noon of a vehicle accident in the 22300 block of Panama Avenue, said Sgt. Heidi Metz of the Warren Police Department.
"`Officers got there and found two parties inside the vehicle and both of them were deceased,` she said. `It appears the male driver shot and killed his female passenger and then shot himself.`
"Investigators have determined the identities of the occupants of the vehicle but did not immediately release their names because they are still trying to contact their families, she said."
From The Detroit News...
UPDATE:04/18/2011 — Shooter killed 21 year-old son before crash...
04/19/2011 — Collateral damage...
Sunday, April 17, 2011
"ROMA, TX — Roma Police are investigating a murder-suicide.
"Police [said] 59-year-old Ovaldo Barrera shot his wife, 43-year-old Azalia Barrera, in the back of the head.
"Police say he then turned the gun on himself.
"The couple was reportedly having marital problems, and the wife wanted out of the marriage.
"It reportedly happened on Eagle Street."
Saturday, April 16, 2011
"ELYRIA, OH — Police are investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide in the Pikewood Manor trailer park.
"Elyria police Lt. Andy Eichenlaub said police were called to the home of 63-year-old Virgil and 65-year-old Margaret McCoy at 187 Gull Drive around 12:12 p.m. today. Virgil, also known as `Gene,` was discovered sitting in a chair with a .38 caliber revolver beside him, Dr. Stephen Evans with the Lorain County Coroner's Office said. Evans confirmed that both Virgil and Margaret died from gunshot wounds, but did not give further details.
"According to police, relatives last spoke with the couple Friday night around 6 p.m."
From The Morning Journal...
"OAK HARBOR, OH — 5 people have been found dead inside an Ottawa County home in an apparent murder-suicide, Saturday morning.
"The Ottawa County Sheriff, Bob Bratton, states the bodies of three children and two adults were found at 964 N. Leutz Road in Oak Harbor.
"The Ottawa County Sheriff states that a report shows the father shot and killed three children and his wife before turning the gun on himself."
Friday, April 15, 2011
"FORT PIERCE, FL — Fort Pierce Police Department detectives are investigating what appears to be a double murder-suicide, according to news release.
"About 7 p.m. Friday, police responded to a call in the 500 block of Quincy Avenue where they found two women and a man dead from gunshot wounds, the release states.
"The women were found inside the home and the man was found in the garage.
"Investigators said the man killed the women, then killed himself before police arrived.
"Names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
"No further information was available."
UPDATE:04/18/2011 — "Daddy had a big gun."
Thursday, April 14, 2011
"DAVIE, FL — The 911 call came in around 7 a.m.: A family friend looking in the window of a residence at the Park City Estates mobile home community saw what appeared to be a body lying on the floor.
"Inside the home, Davie police discovered the bodies of Kurt Schnitzler, 80, and Lucia Schnitzler, 81. Investigators don't know how long the pair had been dead at the residence on 8300 Southwest 21st Street.
"`All indications appear that it was a murder-suicide,` Davie Police Sgt. Rob Choquette said on Thursday morning. Investigators have not yet said who may have killed whom, or described any motive.
"Neighbor Al Berte, who has lived two homes away from the couple for about seven years, said they suffered from health issues and had mounting medical bills. He said the man had severe back problems and the woman, who was in a wheelchair, had a heart condition.
"`They were quiet people, he took care of his property, he took care of his wife… he just had enough,` Berte said. `You could almost tell it was an issue, it was wearing on him.`"
From The Palm Beach Post...
"BURGIN, KY — Police are investigating the shooting deaths of a Mercer County couple found in their home Wednesday evening.
"Rafael Lopez, 63, and his wife Teresa Lopez, 57, both died from single gunshot wounds, Mercer County Deputy Coroner Scott Moseley said. Their daughter found them about 7 p.m. in separate rooms in the house on 370 Paradise Camp Road in Burgin.
"Moseley said Rafael Lopez committed suicide. He would not say whether it was a murder-suicide. He deferred comment to the sheriff's department.
"Mercer County Sheriff Ernie Kelty said no foul play was suspected. Kelty said he could not release any other details.
"The firearm was recovered at the house."
"JOHNSTOWN, PA — A man pulled out a pistol on a Johnstown mother who apparently had just dropped off her children at a day-care center and then turned the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide this morning.
"City police and Cambria County Coroner Dennis Kwiatkowski remained at the scene in Prospect at 11 a.m., gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses.
"Two bodies were under tarps, with the gun was clearly visible by the apparent shooter’s body 30 feet from the murder victim.
"Witnesses said they heard about four or five shots before a brief pause and a final shot.
"The call was dispatched at 9:45 a.m. to the location on Crouse Street.
"Identifications are not yet available."
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
"WEST PLAINS, MO — A south-central Missouri man is charged with first-degree murder and other felonies in the drowning of his 4-year-old son at their West Plains home.
"Howell County authorities say 38-year-old Eric Chappelle remained hospitalized Tuesday with what police described as minor, self-inflicted wounds. He allegedly tried to assault officers who went to his home Monday afternoon after co-workers reported he failed to show up for work.
"KYTV reports Chapelle was charged Tuesday and ordered held on $500,000 bond. Police said Chapelle admitted drowning the boy in a bathtub because he wanted to kill his son and himself after being accused of molesting two female relatives.
"The 4-year-old's name has not been released. There was no attorney listed for Chappelle.
"Police said Chapelle and the boy's mother were recently divorced."
From the Daily Reporter...
"NEWBURGH, NY — Some quick thinking from 10-year-old Lashaun Armstrong saved his own life Tuesday night, but he could not get help quickly enough to save the lives of his three siblings or his mother, who drove the family minivan into the Hudson River just before 8 p.m.
"Lashaun escaped out a window after his mother, Lashandra Armstrong, 25, drove the car down the boat launch with four kids aboard, reportedly following a domestic disturbance. Lashaun swam to shore and ran for help.
"At about 7:50 p.m., Fire Chief Michael Vatter said, Lashaun ran into a nearby firehouse, soaking wet and so despondent he could hardly speak, and told what had happened. He had been taken there by a passerby who saw him after he came out of the river.
"Responders found the minivan submerged in about 10 feet of water, four dead inside.
"Police said they believe the children — boys Landon and Lance Pierre, ages 5 and 2, and girl Lainaina Pierre, 11 months — were alive when the minivan went into the water.
"`There is no logic,` Mayor Nicholas Valentine said this morning. `No one should do anything like this. Find another way out of it, especially with the children. Find help.`"
UPDATE:04/14/2011 — Mom left chilling Facebook entry...
08/10/2011 — Dad sues NYC for $80M...
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
"DEWITT, AR — The DeWitt Police Department is currently investigating a murder/suicide case.
"At 6:30 a.m. Tuesday DPD discovered the bodies of Timmy Neal, a white man in his early 40s, and his ex-wife Crystal Neal, a white female in her mid 30s, at 604 W. Eighth St. in DeWitt.
"DPD Chief Jim Tucker said Timmy Neal allegedly shot and killed Crystal Neal and then turned the gun on himself taking his own life.
"`The two were discovered by a family member,` Tucker said in the department’s press release. `Family reported the two having problems with their on-again-off-again relationship.`
"The incident is still under investigation at this time."
Source: Stuttgart Daily Ledger...
"CUPERTINO, CA — A 50-year-old Cupertino man whose body was found with his wife inside their ranch-style home on Saturday died from `an apparent gunshot wound` to the head, the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office said today.
"The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed the identities of the couple as Susan and Gary Longdon. The sheriff's office has not offered a final ruling on the couple's deaths, but did say it would be classified as either a murder/suicide or joint suicide.
"Although the medical examiner's office determined that 51-year-old Susan Longdon suffered blunt force trauma to her head, further testing must be done before a cause of death can be determined, said Sgt. Jose Cardoza of the sheriff's office.
"Court documents show that Susan Longdon had filed for divorce from her husband three months ago. The couple was married on Dec. 31, 1981 and had been separated since September, according to court documents.
"On Saturday at about 2:30 p.m., sheriff's deputies discovered the bodies after responding to a report of a `suspicious circumstance` at a home on 10398 Westacres Drive."
"CONCORD, CA — Police are investigating a possible murder-suicide involving two longtime partners discovered Monday night, marking the city's second homicide in as many days.
"The bodies of Frederik Meurer, 32, of Concord, and 32-year-old Miranda Pretoli were found by officers at about 8:30 p.m. after they got a distress call from a home on 2321 Bedford Road, police said.
"They found Meurer and Pretoli laying on the floor of the residence, dead from apparent gunshot wounds. Police did not release a motive or the circumstances leading up to the shootings, citing an ongoing investigation.
"Next-door neighbor Gene Traversaro said he was home when the bodies were found, but he did not hear any noise or commotion suggesting violence. No one else is believed to have been involved in the deaths, which shocked a neighborhood that warmly remembered the pair.
"Meurer and Pretoli lived together in a rear building on the property while Meurer's mother lived in the main home, neighbors said. In court records, Meurer described Pretoli as his "life-long partner."
"Traversaro, a 30-year resident of the serene street, said he has lived next door to the Meurer family for a quarter of a century and described the deceased as well liked in the neighborhood.
"`They're wonderful people,` Traversaro said. `I get this empty feeling knowing they're gone.`"
Monday, April 11, 2011
"WHEAT RIDGE, CO — A man who fatally shot a woman before killing himself was identified today as a prison parolee who had served time for attempted murder.
"David Atencio, 52, fatally shot Anna Villalobos, 45, on Thursday in a Wheat Ridge house before shooting himself inside the crawl space of the same home, according to the Wheat Ridge Police Department.
"`Atencio had been released from prison in April of 2008 after being sentenced in 1990 for attempted murder out of Jefferson County,` police said in a media release.
"Atencio, who worked for a Denver area scaffolding company, was on `intensely supervised house arrest` at the time of the murder-suicide, police said.
"On Thursday, the victim's son Joshua Butierres, 23, had gone to the home, in the 4400 block of Harlan Court, to check on his mother, police said. When the Butierres arrived at the house, Atencio fired a gun at him.
"Police surrounded the home and when SWAT members entered, about 7 hours and 30 minutes later, they found Atencio's body in the crawl space.
"Atencio shot and killed Villalobos prior to her son going to check on her," police said. "Atencio then killed himself during the stand-off."
"Villalobos, who worked as a receptionist at an insurance company for several years, was found dead in the garage.
"Police evacuated a bank and several homes, and a nearby school was placed on lockdown, as the incident unfolded. No one else, including Butierres, was hit by gunfire.
"Police withheld the gunman's name until his family had been notified of his death.
"Villalobos and Atencio had lived together for about a year, said Lt. Dave Pickett, and officers had not been called to the address on any prior complaints."
"CAPE CANAVERAL, FL — Brevard County Sheriff’s investigators are searching for clues in an apparent murder-suicide this past weekend involving a couple from Cape Canaveral.
"According to investigators, the fatal shooting happened Saturday at an apartment complex in the 8700 block of Ridgewood Avenue. Autopsies were performed on the pair Sunday.
"The bodies were discovered after the woman apparently failed to show up for a scuba diving trip, according to family members."
"GREENVILLE, SC — The deaths of a man and woman whose bodies were found Saturday was a murder-suicide, the Greenville County Coroner's Office said.
"Investigators with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office said the man and woman were found dead at about 3:30 p.m. a home on Arch Street.
"Deputies said a family member of the victims called 911 after visiting the home to check on the man and woman -- who had not been seen since Wednesday night.
"The coroner's office said the pair died from gunshot wounds to the head and had been dead since Thursday.
"Investigators said they are using fingerprints to identify the man and woman, but have not completed a positive identification."
From FOX Carolina...
"LITTLE ROCK, AR — A Little Rock man is in the hospital after police say he stabbed his wife and then stabbed himself.
"Lt. Terry Hastings says around 9:50 p.m. Saturday, Barbara and Danny Robinson got into an argument after leaving a party at Wright Avenue and Bishop streets. Police say he grabbed a knife and stabbed his wife. She later died at the hospital.
"Officers say Danny Robinson then drove to the 2400 block of Riverfront Drive where he stabbed himself. According to investigators, he told police he did it after feeling guilty about killing his wife.
"Robinson was taken to the hospital. Police are calling this a domestic violence situation. Robinson is facing murder charges if he survives."
"MEMPHIS, TN — Two teenagers told police they saw their father shoot their mother and grandmother and then their father turned the gun on himself.
"The teens' father and grandmother were dead when police arrived, their mother later died at The Med.
"Police say the double-murder-suicide happened inside a house on 727 Goodman near Carnes, in the University of Memphis area.
"Police received the call at around a quarter after four this afternoon.
"When police arrived one of the teens came out and told police the shooting happened during an argument.
"Memphis Police have not yet confirmed the names and ages of the victims."
Sunday, April 10, 2011
"PUEBLO, CO — Pueblo police are investigating what they believe to be a murder-suicide Sunday. Detectives say one woman was found with gunshot wounds in an apartment, and her boyfriend apparently drove off a cliff.
"Authorities in Pueblo say they received a report around noon Sunday, from a family member of the 32-year-old female victim. Her body was found inside an apartment on 1703 Oakshire Lane, near Troy Ave. and Highway 50 on the east side of town.
"A firearm was found inside the apartment near the victim's body.
"Colorado State Patrol says the other end of this suspected murder-suicide took place just before 4 a.m. Sunday. That's when they received an On-Star report of the crash of a 2011 Chevy Camaro, near the Royal Gorge. It happened on Fremont County Road 61, approximately 2.9 miles south of Colorado 50.
"The shooting victim's 36-year-old boyfriend was found inside that vehicle, in a ravine; he was partially ejected from the car after driving off the cliff, and died at the scene.
"Police say they are not actively looking for any more suspects in this killing.
"The names of the victim and suspect are not being released just yet, pending notification of kin and an autopsy. The El Paso County coroner will conduct the autopsy on the shooting victim, which is normal procedure in this situation."
"MODENA, MO — Authorities say a man in the midst of a divorce apparently killed his estranged wife and two acquaintances before committing suicide in rural northern Missouri.
"The Mercer County Sheriff's Office identified the shooter Sunday as 50-year-old John Hufford and the victims as 37-year-old-Misty Hufford, 33-year-old Waylon Wages and 41-year-old Lisa Tunnell. All four were from the Princeton area.
"Sheriff Stephen Stockman says officers discovered the bodies Saturday afternoon after receiving a report of a shooting southwest of the small town of Modena. He says it was `an apparent triple murder-suicide` and told the St. Joseph News-Press that the shooter killed his wife because the two were divorcing.
"Modena is located about 95 miles northeast of St. Joseph.
"A news release says the investigation is ongoing but no arrests are expected."
From Westport News...
Saturday, April 9, 2011
"YANKTON, SD — A Yankton woman is dead after an apparent murder-suicide attempt early Saturday morning.
"According to the Yankton Police Department, Brianna Marie Knoll, 25, died of a gunshot wound in connection with an incident in the 1000 block of Whiting Drive.
"Meanwhile, a male suspect, Nicholas Stewart Hines, 28, was found at 1008 Willow Lane with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was transported to Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, where he was stabilized and transferred to a Sioux Falls hospital. There is no word yet on his condition.
"`We believe it was an (attempted) murder-suicide, a domestic violence case,` Yankton Police Chief Brian Paulsen said during an afternoon press conference.
"Paulsen said the police received a 911 call at 3:18 a.m. Saturday from an individual reporting hearing at least one gunshot in the area of 1006 Whiting Drive. When police arrived, they found a vehicle next to an apartment building. They discovered Knoll in the vehicle.
"`We believe she was in the vehicle when she was shot ... and she was conscious at some point,` Paulsen said.
"He said it appeared Knoll was shot from outside the vehicle.
"Paulsen said Knoll’s car had traveled about a half-block away from the Willow Lane residence before it veered into the apartment. He added that her doors were locked, and police had to break out one of the windows to gain access to her. The vehicle’s engine was running when police arrived.
"When police went to Knoll’s Willow Lane residence, they found the wounded Hines lying in the front yard.
"`He was conscious when we found him,` Paulsen said, adding the police tried talking to Hines but `it was a very limited conversation.`
"Paulsen said police confiscated `multiple weapons` from the Willow Lane residence."
"CANTON, NC — Returning home from the store, a mother suspected something was wrong Friday night when her two adult sons didn’t come out to help her with the groceries.
"The brothers—Reid Sellars, 50, and Brett Sellars, 47—lay dead in the basement of the home they shared with her, according to Police Chief Bryan Whitner.
"`It’s a murder-suicide – or it appears that way at this point,` Whitner said just after midnight this morning, standing outside the ranch home at 6 Pasadena Street.
"The brothers had been working on a car when their mother, Doris Sellars, left for the store. She returned home around 8 p.m. to find them both deceased.
"Whitner said both appear to have died from gunshot wounds, likely from a .45-caliber handgun found at the scene. He could not say which brother shot the other and which took his own life, or what the possible motive may have been."
"BROOKLYN CENTER, MN — A Brooklyn Center grocery store remains closed after a man shot two other people there on Friday night.
"It happened at the Festival Foods at 8535 Edinburgh Center Drive. Investigators say a man shot a woman and another man in the break room of that store.
"The woman died at the scene and the man was taken to North Memorial Medical Center where he later died.
"The accused shooter left the area immediately after the incident. Police tracked him to Minneapolis and when officers began to approach the him, he shot himself, committing suicide.
"Police have not released any of the victims' names or a reason for the shooting. Brooklyn Park police do say that the shooter was an ex-acquaintance of the deceased female.
"It is not known when the store might re-open this weekend."
From FOX 9...
Friday, April 8, 2011
"GREEN COVE SPRINGS, FL — According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office, a man and a woman were found dead in a home in an apparent murder-suicide Friday afternoon.
"Members of the Clay County Sheriff's Office were called to the 2000 block of Knowles Road near County Road 315A in Green Cove Springs about 2:30 p.m.
"Family friends [said] Friday night Mark Herbert shot and killed his estranged wife, Julia, called a family member to tell them what he did and then shot himself.
"`I can't imagine what they're going through right now,` said a family friend. `They're not saying much, the little girls are crying and the older one can't really say anything because she is in shock.`
"Family friends and the family pastor [said] that Julia was a mother of four girls. Family friends said, the youngest daughter is a 4-year-old and she saw the killings. The pastor said the woman's oldest daughter, an 18-year-old, came home with her 9-year-old sister just after the shootings.
"`We've been in there praying and helping with them,` said the pastor, Ronnie Surrency."
"VIRGINIA BEACH, VA — Police have identified two people found dead in a Timberlake home Thursday morning and are calling their deaths a murder-suicide.
"The victims are Judith K. Osborne, 66, and David S. Osborne, 78, both of 4012 Barkleaf Drive in Virginia Beach, according to a news release from police. They both died of gunshot wounds, police said.
"The shooting was the result of a domestic issue, police said. David Osborne shot his wife and then himself, said Officer Jimmy Barnes, a police spokesman.
"An officer discovered the Osborne's bodies inside their home shortly before noon Thursday after receiving a request that someone check on their welfare. They have adult children, Barnes said.
"This is the sixth murder-suicide reported in South Hampton Roads since early December."
"FREDERICKSBURG, VA — Authorities in Spotsylvania County are investigating an apparent murder-suicide at a mobile home park.
"The sheriff's department says a deputy arrived Friday morning to find a man with a handgun in the doorway of a trailer standing over a woman's body. The man then shot himself in the head.
"A news release says 24-year-old Jolynn Norris was pronounced dead at the scene and her estranged husband, 35-year-old Scott Norris, was pronounced dead at a hospital.
"The couple had been separated. Jolynn Norris returned Friday to retrieve belongings when the couple got into a heated argument. An initial investigation shows Scott Norris then shot her.
"Their three children, ages 4, 2 and 11 months, have been turned over to social services workers and relatives have been notified."
Thursday, April 7, 2011
"CHESAPEAKE, VA — A 62-year-old man believed to have smothered and beaten a woman to death killed himself by ingesting a drain unclogging chemical, according to autopsy results.
"Pritchard Hoggard had been wanted in the slaying of Susan Griffin, a 45-year-old mother of three who had been reported missing.
"Hoggard died Tuesday night at a hospital, police said.
"Griffin was found dead Tuesday afternoon in a shed at the home of Hoggard's mother, who lived next door to Griffin in the 1700 block of Blue Bill Court, near Campostella Road and South Military Highway. Autopsy reports released Wednesday showed that Griffin was suffocated and beaten to death.
"It was one of two homicides reported Tuesday in Chesapeake and the fifth murder-suicide reported in South Hampton Roads since December."
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
"ECTOR, TX — On 4/5/2011, at approximately 7:50 p.m., Fannin County Sheriff personnel responded to a disturbance call with shots fired at a residence south of Ector. Deputies arrived on scene to discover two deceased persons inside the residence.
"Residents were identified as David Dwayne Shrum, 38 years of age, and Holly Ann Shrum, 36 years of age. Both victims appeared to have been shot with a high powered rifle which was recovered at the scene. Preliminary investigation indicates the deaths were the result of a murder/suicide. Bodies were taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy."
Source: Bonham Journal...
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
"TAYLORSVILLE, NC — The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a couple after a family member found them dead in their home.
"Angela Rose and Kenneth Mellon lived together at 1078 Antioch Church Road. A family member came to the house at about 10:30 p.m. on Monday and found the couple dead from gunshot wounds, said Tod Jones, chief deputy with the sheriff’s office.
"He could not say when the shooting happened, other than it was `very recent.`
"The two were a couple, though Jones was not sure how long they had been in a relationship or lived together.
"Jones said the sheriff’s office believes it is a murder-suicide, and that Mellon was the instigator. Investigators found a gun close by, but declined to disclose the type of gun used.
"The sheriff’s department is still investigating the deaths."
Source: Hickory Daily Record...
"VIRGINIA BEACH, VA — A husband killed his wife and himself while their 5-year-old slept upstairs in their home.
"Police say Donna Butcher, 40, called 911 for help, but by the time police arrived Steve was dead. Donna was taken to the hospital where she soon died.
"`He was very kind and he was nice and very intelligent. We didn't hear any noise there or anything or arguing or anything like that,` says neighbor Sandy Kaiser.
"Steven has a truck for his construction business. He specialized as a carpenter, but neighbors say for two years he had trouble finding work. In two weeks he was scheduled to have back surgery. Neighbors say the loss of income and injury didn't put any unneeded stress to their marriage.
"Child Protective Services had to explain to their young son what happened to his parents.
"He is currently being taken care of by grandparents. Police say the shooting appears to be spontaneous.
"To both neighbors and police the two didn't seem to have any lingering anger towards one another.
"`To my knowledge we have not been to that one in the past,` says Officer Barnes.
"The medical examiner's office lists says Steve shot Donna in her torso and arms and then the 43-year-old husband shot himself in the head."
"TUMWATER, WA — A 6-year-old boy has been found dead in a Spanaway home of a couple involved in a high-speed chase and suicide in Tumwater earlier Tuesday morning.
"Their other child, a 10-year-old daughter, was later found safe in Oregon, said Det. Ed. Troyer with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.
"The boy's body was discovered in the family's home in the 1100 block of 178th Street Court East in Spanaway on Tuesday afternoon, Troyer said. Troyer did not have the child's identity, but said the man who committed suicide was not the child's biological father.
"Investigators said the inside of the home had signs of violence and that the boy was found dead in an upstairs bedroom.
"Tuesday morning, a fleeing driver committed suicide as a high-speed chase came to an end on Interstate 5 at Tumwater, and troopers found a woman's body in the passenger seat moments later."
UPDATE:04/22/2011 — Coroner investigating role of "bath salts" found at scene...
"PORT ARTHUR, TX — Port Arthur police are investigating the deaths of two people found inside a home.
"Investigators [said] that at about 10 p.m. Monday Port Arthur police responded to a shooting inside a home at 3401 8th Street.
"Inside they found the bodies of a 33 year old woman and a 52 year old man.
"They both had been shot.
"Officers say it's still early in the investigation but at this time it appears the shooting may have been a murder suicide."
Monday, April 4, 2011
"LAWTON, OK — The president of the Lawton-Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce, Sheila Lee, and her husband, James, were both found dead in their home Monday and police says it appears to be a murder-suicide.
"Both victims were shot to death and guns were found in the home, but beyond that, they are not giving out any information as to what led to the shootings.
"Police say the investigation began when Shelia Lee failed to show for work at the chamber, and co-workers were unable to reach her, or her husband, on the phone.
"They contacted her daughter, who went to check on her at her mother's house on the city's east side. She told police that when she arrived, the doors were locked. So she went around back, looked through the window and that is when she saw her mother on the floor in a pool of blood.
"The woman called for help, and emergency workers found her father's body in another part of the house.
"Investigators were inside picking up evidence for hours, and neighbors gathered to see what happened. They say the couple did keep to themselves, but were always a ton of fun. Shelia was known around the neighborhood for giving out small bottles of soda at Halloween."
Sunday, April 3, 2011
"ROY, WA — Pierce County deputies believe a man shot and killed his girlfriend, before killing himself in Roy Sunday afternoon.
"The shootings happened in front of four children ranging in age from 10 to 15.
Deputies responded to the scene in the 472200 block of State Route 702 East around 1 p.m.
"Pierce County Sheriff's Detective Ed Troyer [said] that investigators believe a 56-year-old man shot his 46-year-old live-in girlfriend before turning the gun on himself.
"Troyer said three of the children that witnessed the shooting lived in the home, a fourth was visiting a friend.
"Deputies are interviewing the children to find out what led up to the shooting.
"The Medical Examiner's Office has not released the identities of the man and woan killed."
UPDATE:04/13/2011 — Over 100 dogs up for adoption after murder/suicide...
"KISSIMMEE, FL — Police were called to an Osceola County apartment complex around early Sunday to find a man and woman shot to death.
"Kissimmee police said they arrived around 2:45 a.m. to find the victims lying dead in the parking lot of the Kensington Apartments.
"Investigators said they were investigating the double shooting as a possible murder-suicide.
"Police said the victims—a 30-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man—were married, but had recently separated. Their names were not immediately released.
"According to investigators, the man approached his wife and opened fire as she returned home early Sunday morning."
UPDATE:1425 EDT — Five kids orphaned...
"KNOXVILLE, TN — A young child was shot to death Saturday night and a female relative was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in critical condition in what police are investigating as a homicide-attempted suicide, Lt. Tim Snoderly of the Knoxville Police Department said.
"The Knoxville Fire Department received an injured person call from the KenJo Market on Merchant Drive at Central Avenue Pike at around 9 p.m., where the child and relative were found in a bathroom.
"The identities of the child, whom Snoderly said was younger than age 10, and the woman were not released pending notification of the family.
"Snoderly said law enforcement also knew where they were from, although he would not disclose that information. He did say they were not from Knoxville, but from `from the surrounding area.`
"The child was pronounced dead at the scene. The body was taken to the UT Regional Forensic Center.
"The market was sealed off and the area flooded with emergency vehicles Saturday night included KPD, KFD and Rural Metro.
"Snoderly said police are still investigating the circumstances around the shooting."
UPDATE:04/04/2011 — Shooter, victim's grandmother, dies...
Saturday, April 2, 2011
"ROSENBERG, TX — Police have released the identities of three people who were found shot dead at a Rosenberg motel.
"Two of the victims worked at George Ranch High School.
"According to a statement from the Rosenberg Police Department, officers were called to the Regency Suites off of US 59 and Highway 36 around 5 p.m. Friday.
"When they arrived, they found three people shot dead—one female and two males.
"The deceased were identified as 39-year-old Destiny Ann Pickett, 50-year-old Clifford Pickett and 39-year-old Trevor Lane White.
"Police have not released a motive for the shooting, only describing the crime scene as `violent.` Those who know about the case have said it appears to be a murder-suicide.
"Police say White is a resident of Katy. Destiny and Clifford were married and lived in Richmond.
"According to a spokeswoman for the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District, Destiny Pickett was an instructional coordinator at George Ranch High School. White was the head football coach and athletic coordinator."
From FOX Houston...
Friday, April 1, 2011
"MIAMI GARDENS, FL — Miami Gardens Police are investigating the deaths of a man and woman who both died of gunshot wounds early Friday morning.
"Police got a call around 9:00 a.m. from someone who heard shots being fired in the area of 830 NW 210th Street at the Walden Pond Apartment Complex.
"When police and paramedics arrived, they found a man and woman alive, but with gunshot wounds, in the parking lot. The woman was inside a Grey Nissan and the man was outside of the car.
"`They were alive when fire rescue responded,` said Miami Gardens police Captain Ralph Suarez. `Fire rescue tried to do everything to keep them alive but they died on the scene.`
"Police say both people died of gunshot wounds. Detectives did find a weapon on the scene.
"At first glance, police say, it appears to be a murder suicide but they’re not 100-percent sure.
"`There are several things, evidence that doesn’t point to an exact murder suicide, so we’re not disclosing anything at this point. We’re not speculating as to what we have,` said Capt. Suarez.
"Police did say they are not looking for a suspect.
"The names of the victims have not been released."
From CBS Miami...
"OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Police are investigating what they think was a murder-suicide in west Oklahoma City.
"The body of Cheryl Barden, 55, was found about 7 p.m. Thursday at 12301 SW 14, according to a news release from Oklahoma City police.
"A second body was found at the scene, but that name was not released pending notification of next of kin. Both people had been shot to death, police said.
"Police think the deceased male shot Barden and then took his own life.
"Neighbors said the homeowner's red pickup had been parked in the driveway for several days with a flat tire.
"Melissa Pickrell, 26, said she had never seen a woman at the house.
"`He was just a sweet guy,` Pickrell said. `I'm just really surprised right now, really shocked.`
"Neighbor Sonny Barthold, 46, said the man had lived in the house more than 10 years and kept to himself.
"`He was a good man,` Barthold said. `He kept the yard good and clean. Didn't have any problems with him. For something like this to happen, it is a disaster.`
"Barthold said one of Barden's relatives was looking for her and called police Thursday night after going to the house."