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2 dead in apparent murder-suicide at New York hospital

Police confirmed two people were found dead from an apparent murder-suicide at Valhalla, N.Y.-based Westchester Medical Center Aug. 8, CBS 2 New York reports.

Police reportedly received a call around 9:40 a.m. indicating shots had been fired in a room on the fourth floor of the 383-bed hospital.

Hospital security immediately arrived at the scene, while police arrived shortly after. Upon arrival, officials discovered two gunshot victims — a man and a woman, both in their 70s — along with a .38-caliber revolver on the floor.

Police said both were later pronounced dead, and that the incident "at this time … appears to be a murder-suicide situation," the report states. The female victim, a patient at the hospital, was found in the bed, while the male visitor was found on the floor. No one else was in the room at the time.

Visitors and staff were told to seek shelter within the facility as police investigated the incident.

ABC 7 News reports the hospital does not have metal detectors, which is how the man was able to transport the licensed firearm into the patient's room. Hospital operations reportedly resumed later the same day.

Investigators identified the victims as Richard DeLucia, 71, and Ann DeLucia, 70, northjersey.com reports. Mr. DeLucia was disraught over his wife's undisclosed medical issues and wanted to end her suffering, according to a note police found at the couple's home Aug. 8.

Editor's note: This article was updated at 9 a.m. Aug. 9 to include additional information.

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