Couple Shot Dead in Possible Murder-Suicide

By Alison Burdo
|  Saturday, Feb 22, 2014  |  Updated 9:43 PM EDT
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A man and woman were found dead in the basement of a home in what detectives say may have been a murder suicide.

NBC10.com, Doug Shimell

A man and woman were found dead in the basement of a home in what detectives say may have been a murder suicide.

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Two people were found dead in North Philly Saturday afternoon in a possible murder-suicide. 

Authorities responded to reports of a shooting inside a home on the 2600 block of West Somerset Street just before 3 p.m., according to police.

Officials say when they arrived they found a 40-year-old man dead with a single gunshot wound to the head. They discovered his body in the basement of the home.

The second victim, a 30-year-old woman was dead from a gunshot wound to the chest, according to reports.

"These people are very nice people," said Vanessa Matthews, a neighbor. "I couldn't believe anything like this would happen to them."

Relatives of the two victims arrived shortly after police discovered the couple's bodies and a fight erupted among the various family members.

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This is the city's second double homicide in 24 hours.

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