In a shooting being investigated as a murder-suicide, a man killed a woman believed to be his wife before turning the weapon on himself in Arcadia on Wednesday morning, authorities said.
Arcadia police responded to a report of a person down in the 800 block of Sunset Boulevard around 8:15 a.m., according to sheriff's Lt. Derrick Alfred.
When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered two people down with gunshot wounds, a man and a woman, Alfred said.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, while the man was taken to hospital where he also died.
Authorities have not identified the deceased, estimating only that they were both in their mid-to-late 40s. It appears they were married but estranged, according to Alfred.
Investigators believe the man shot the woman before killing himself, he said. Police received reports indicating four to five gunshots were heard.
"This is most likely – we’re considering this to be, pending further investigation – a murder-suicide," Alfred said.
A weapon was recovered at the scene.
The shooting occurred in an alleyway outside an apartment where one of them apparently lived. Sky5 aerial video showed a blue tarp covering a body in an area between two residences.
The couple lived in separate homes, and it was the woman who resided in the apartment; the man is believed to have lived in a residence not far from the scene, also in the city of Arcadia.
It is not immediately known if there were any prior reports of domestic violence in either home, according to the lieutenant.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can also be left through Crime Stoppers by dialing 800-222-8477.
KTLA's Jennifer Thang contributed to this story.
Correction: A previous version of the story incorrectly stated the estimated ages of the couple. This post has been updated.