OXFORD, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Authorities are investigating an apparent murder-suicide at a home in Oxford, Mass. Three children were there at the time, but managed to escape.
The incident happened shortly before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on Old Webster Road.
Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early said that it appears the man shot the woman before turning the gun on himself.
The three children are 13, 4, and 3 years old. The 13-year-old child took the 4-year-old child into his arms and managed to escape through a window and to a neighbor’s house. That neighbor called 911.
When Oxford Police got to the scene, an officer ran in and rescued the remaining child.
DA Early said both the man and woman had legal firearms in the house.
It is unclear why this happened. Early said police had been called to the home on prior occasions. One of those times was because one of their dogs had gotten loose.
Early said the couple was not married and had two of the three children together. One was from a previous marriage.
WBZ NewsRadio's John Baibak (@JohnBaibak) reports