Murder/Suicide USA 2010

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  1. Authorities are seeking the public's help in gathering information about a murder-suicide at a Bridgewater jewelry store that left two people dead on Monday.

    A 19-year-old township man has been identified as the gunman who shot and killed the store owner. Authorities said he then shot himself twice and cut his own throat.

    A suicide note was found at the home of gunman, Michael J. Koury, a 2010 graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan High School, authorities said. They did not reveal the note's contents.

    Killed was store owner Roy T. Devoe, 55, of Union Township (Hunterdon). Devoe's adult daughter witnessed the shooting.

    According to Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano, Koury was disguised when he entered Roy T. Jewelers in the Bridgewater Towne Center near Wegmans supermarket at about 4:45 p.m. Monday. He confronted Devoe's daughter, brandishing a .357-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver and demanding jewelry, Soriano said.

    When Roy Devoe stepped in, Koury fired one shot, striking Devoe in the head and fatally wounding him. He then fired once at the daughter as she ran from the store, Soriano said.

    Koury turned the gun on himself, firing one round into his jaw, Soriano said. He then cut his throat with a nine-inch stainless steel knife that had been strapped to his thigh in a plastic sheath. He shot himself again in the head and died at the scene, the prosecutor said.

    The revolver and knife were recovered at the scene, next to Koury's body.

    Police and EMS workers performed life-saving measures on Devoe, but he was declared dead at Somerset Medical Center, Soriano said.

    The shooting was investigated by the Bridgewater Police Department and detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office. State Police, Manville and Hillsborough police, Somerset County Sheriff's Office and Bradley Gardens and Country Hills fire departments responded to the scene
    On Tuesday, flowers were piled outside the jewelry store's front door, and an "open'' sign still hung in the shuttered windows. A bouquet of yellow sunflowers, from the "Wegmans Service Desk Ladies,'' and a card from the Wegmans bakery were among the bright orange lilies and pink carnations.

    Suzanne Younan, the owner of the UPS store next door, said the Devoes were "easygoing people'' who had been her business neighbors since 2002. She often spoke with Devoe and his daughter, Angela.

    "They're a very nice family,'' she said.

    Younan said she had three customers in her store on Monday when she heard the gunshots next door. One of her windows was broken in the commotion, and there's a hole in the wall that Younan doesn't think was there before.

    "We were scared to go out,'' she said. "I didn't let anybody go out. We stayed inside for a little bit, until everything quieted down.''

    She called 911 as soon as she heard the shots and saw her broken window.

    Eulalia Vanegas, an employee at Corner Cleaners on the other side of the jewelry store, said the shooting made her "a little paranoid,'' but she thinks things will calm down again. She occasionally spoke with Devoe, she said.

    "I'd say hi, how are you doing, how's your business ... something like that,'' she said. "He was a very nice person.''

    Koury's mother Holli is an assistant at Preschool Place & Kindergarten on North Bridge Street in Bridgewater, which Koury himself attended. Carol Rubnitz, director of the preschool, said, "We're not going to comment on this horrible tragedy

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