CUMBERLAND, R.I. (WPRI) - Police are investigating after an apparent murder-suicide that took place in Cumberland on Easter Sunday.
According to police, a 73-year-old man shot his 70-year old wife twice in the torso, killing her, before turning the gun on himself at about 5 p.m. at the Victorian Court Complex on Nate Whipple Highway.
"The woman suffered two gunshot wounds to the torso, and the elderly gentleman suffered one gunshot wound to the head," said Police Chief John Desmarais.
The couple's neighbors said they were shocked by the news.
"I'm going to miss them terribly," said one of their neighbors, John Scott. "Myself and my wife is obviously very upset at what happened, and -- from the feedback I've gotten from the neighbors -- they can't believe they've lost such a friend."
Scott went on and said that the two elderly people were a "loving couple," and that he "couldn't have asked for better neighbors."
Desmarais also said that the husband had left a note at the scene, but the chief would not disclose what it said.
The couple's 40-year-old daughter and her three daughters were in the home at the time of the incident.
"It is horrible at any time, especially now when you talk about domestic murder-suicide, but having it happen on Easter Sunday, it makes it all more tragic. Family members were there, they did see the results of it, it just makes it hard on the family," said Chief Desmarais.
Police are not yet releasing any names pending autopsies.
There is no word on any possible motives.