SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a married couple is dead after a murder-suicide in a Southern California beach town boutique.
Orange County Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Jeff Hallock says 59-year-old John Patrick Dillard entered the Bliss Clothing Boutique in San Clemente Saturday afternoon and fatally shot his wife and store owner 64-year-old Cynthia Jean Rosier, before he shot himself.
Deputies retrieved a handgun from the scene.
A store employee called 911 at 2:01 p.m. after running out the store with the business phone. Hallock says she told authorities that a shooting was underway and named Dillard as the gunman.
Deputies arrived on scene and set up a perimeter, making entry 40 minutes later after determining it was safe. They found the couple dead inside.
Witnesses said they were going through a divorce.
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