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Murder-suicide in Vienna's Hietzing district

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The apartment block in Thomas-Morus-Gasse. Photo: ORF
12:16 CEST+02:00
The bodies of an elderly couple have been found in their apartment in Vienna's Hietzing district, in what police have said is a suspected case of murder-suicide.

Police spokesman Christoph Pölzl said that the bodies of a 77-year-old man and his 76-year-old wife were found early on Monday morning in an apartment in Thomas-Morus-Gasse, and a gun was discovered lying near to their bodies.

Neighbours had become worried about the couple and called police. Police gained access to the couple's apartment through a window, with the help of a fire brigade.

Pölzl said that the body of a dog, who had also been shot, was found in the couple's apartment.

"Due to the way we found the bodies we believe we are dealing with a case of murder-suicide,” Pölzl said. The 77-year-old man had a license for the gun, which police think was used in the shootings. A suicide note has not been found.

Last week the bodies of an elderly woman and her daughter were found in the Simmering district, in another suspected case of murder-suicide.

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