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Three people confirmed dead in Middletown murder-suicide on Saturday

Posted 1/6/19

Three people died in a murder-suicide in the 100 block on South Union Street on Saturday night.

Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo confirmed to the Press & Journal the deaths on …

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Three people confirmed dead in Middletown murder-suicide on Saturday

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Three people died in a murder-suicide in the 100 block on South Union Street on Saturday night.

Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo confirmed to the Press & Journal the deaths on Sunday and that the man who committed suicide apparently shot two other people first. Names will not be released until Chardo is sure relatives have been notified. 

Chardo would not discuss the relationship or ages of the people involved. The bodies were found in several rooms, Chardo said

There is no danger to the public, police say. There was no police tape or evidence of authorities at the scene Sunday afternoon.

There will be an investigation into the timeline of the murder-suicide and any statements the apparent pepetrator may have made, Chardo said. 

"But by all accounts it appears he killed the two people and took his own life," he said.

Borough police had been called to the scene early Saturday evening to do a welfare check, only to discover multiple fatalities. 

"What precipitated the welfare check, I'm not exactly sure," Chardo said.

There were no calls to police from residents of the building at the time of the murder-suicide despite at least three gunshots being fired in the apartment.

Police and members of the Capital Region Forensic Unit were seen going in and out of a multi-story apartment building just south of the M&T Bank on South Union Street on Saturday night. The building has multiple apartments on multiple floors.

"We had our crime scene people there processing it so that we can reconstruct it afterwards," Chardo said. "But all indications is, this was a murder-suicide."

Employees of the Ink-Credible Tattoo Factory, which is in the same building, did not want to comment Sunday morning.

On Facebook, Mayor James H. Curry III posted a link to a Crimewatch post regarding the incident Saturday and wrote, "Please be advised and say a prayer for those lives lost."