Posted: Sep 23, 2011 9:55 PM
Updated: Sep 23, 2011 10:09 PM
TUCSON - Tucson Police are investigating the deaths of two people on the city's eastside Friday as a murder-suicide.
Police responded to the home near Kolb and Stella after an out-of-state caller requested a welfare check. The caller told police her brother recently told her about suicidal and homicidal statements and was concerned about his welfare and the welfare of his girlfriend.
Officers arrived at the home and heard a child crying inside the home, but no one answered the door.
Officers forced their way inside and found the bodies of 40-year-old Misty Gale and 38-year-old Thad Hall, Jr., both of Tucson. Both were declared dead at the scene from gunshot wounds.
Tucson Fire Paramedics checked out the child who was not hurt and in good health.
Child Protective Services is now making securing suitable arrangements for the child, who is believed to be the couple's biological child.
Detectives believe that Hall first shot Gale, who lived elsewhere, then turned the gun on himself.
A weapon was recovered inside.
"When they arrived they found an open front door and they found two adults inside suffering from apparent gunshot trauma. Both of those subjects were pronounced deceased here at the scene," said Sergeant Matt Ronstadt.
Betty McIntyre lives in the neighborhood. She along with some of her neighbors didn't hear anything until the police showed up.
"We're all pretty shocked, we're all pretty shocked. Basically when you talk to any of them no one heard anything," said McIntyre.
She doesn't know the people who live in the house very well, but is disturbed a one year old girl was in the home when it all happened.
"When you hear the sirens and then the fire trucks pull up and then the ambulances pull up and then one of the paramedics is bringing out the toddler, nobody else come out of the house," she said.
Tucson Police continue to investigate, but they believe it's a case of murder and suicide.
"Detectives are pretty convinced this was a self contained scene that everybody involved is still here at the scene," said Ronstadt.
Being a mother, McIntyre can't help but worry about the little girl who was inside.
"It was awful. I mean it's kind of devastating because you don't know what happened in there and what she saw and what she's been through," she said.
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