Two people were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide in Oxford in the early morning hours of Tuesday, June 22. Three children were present at the time of the incident, but they managed to escape, according to authorities.
The man shot the woman, and then himself, Worcester County District Attorney Joe Early told reporters on Tuesday night. When the police arrived they found the couple dead, apparently from gunshot wounds. Both had a license to own firearms, according to Mass Live News.
Early told reporters that Oxford police responded to a 911 call shortly before 5:20 p.m. Tuesday from a woman who apparently lived at 234 Webster Road. Oxford police simultaneously received a 911 call from a man who lived at the same address, and that call was rerouted to the Massachusetts State Police Holden Barracks, according to WCVB News.
According to Early, the 34-year-old woman was killed when shots were fired in the home. When the shooting broke out, a 13-year-old child who was in the home at the time carried a 4-year-old child to safety through a window and to a neighbor’s house.
When Oxford and Charlton police officers arrived at the scene, they found the woman in the kitchen and she was pronounced dead. Police then found the man behind the house and he was pronounced dead with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to WCVB News.
“Emergency medical services responded. They started some life-saving measures that were quickly stopped, as it was very apparent that both people were dead,” Early told reporters.
A third child, a 3-year-old, was still in the home during the shooting and was immediately brought to safety by responding officers, reported WCVB News.
Several neighbors told NBC Boston News that they heard the couple arguing from time to time over the years.
The District Attorney’s office has not officially released the names of the couple involved, but told NBC Boston News that the incident appeared to be a case of domestic violence.
According to NBC Boston News, the woman’s relatives said her children are safe with them now, though obviously incredibly distraught over what they witnessed.