2 Dead in Nursing Home Shooting

Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013  |  Updated 9:13 AM EDT
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2 Dead in Nursing Home Shooting

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Authorities are investigating the shooting deaths of a staff nurse and a resident at a northeastern Pennsylvania nursing home as a probable murder-suicide.

Officials in Lackawanna County say the 42-year-old licensed practical nurse apparently brought a semi-automatic handgun to her Monday night shift at Abington Manor in South Abington Township.

Police Chief Robert Gerrity said she apparently shot the 79-year-old man and then turned the gun upon herself at about 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Gerrity said the motive for the shooting is unknown. Gerrity said the nurse had worked there since 2011 and the patient had also lived there about two years. Their names weren't released pending notification of relatives.

Nursing home spokeswoman Jeanne Moore said in a statement that officials are "shocked by the tragedy" and cooperating with authorities.

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