West Hollywood elderly couple's death a murder-suicide, police say

WEST HOLLYWOOD — An 84-year-old man who fatally shot his 73-year-old wife before turning the gun on himself died today, authorities said.

The shooting was reported at 7:47 p.m. Wednesday in the 800 block of North Kings Road, near Melrose Avenue, in West Hollywood, said Deputy Guillermina Saldana of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau.

Deputies responding to a call reporting a "person screaming'' found the woman suffering from a gunshot wound, Saldana said.

Deputies checked the apartment for suspects and found the man suffering from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, she said.

Both victims were taken to a hospital, where the woman died. The man, who was in grave condition early today, died tonight, Saldana said.

An investigation was continuing, but preliminary reports indicate the incident was a murder-suicide, Saldana said.

The victims' names were being withheld pending notification of theirfamilies.

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