Couple dead in Calif. beach town 'murder-suicide'

Oct 26, 2014 1:01 PM by News Staff

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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