Sacto 9-1-1
February 21, 2012
Update: Sacramento police report two people dead in murder-suicide

By Kim Minugh and Cathy Locke

Two men were killed Tuesday night in a murder-suicide that occurred in the parking lot of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District headquarters, Sacramento police officials report.

Police spokesman Andrew Pettit said the men were not SMUD employees but were among a group of people using SMUD facilities for a meeting.

Pettit provided these details about the fatal incident:

Police received a call at 7:18 p.m. about some sort of verbal altercation between two men and a woman in the parking lot outside SMUD's West Building.

A man, said to be in his early 70s, pulled out a handgun and shot the other man, said to be in early 60s, at least once in the upper body.

The woman ran away toward the lobby, and the gunman shot multiple rounds at her.

She reached the lobby to take cover while the gunman continued to shoot at her, shattering glass in the lobby.

An acquaintance of the shooter came out of the building and tried to talk to him. As they were talking in the parking lot, the gunman shot himself as police officers arrived.

Both the shooter and the male victim were pronounced dead at the scene. Their names were not released. The woman was not injured.

After the shooting, police talked to "a handful" of witnesses in the lobby, including a security guard.

Pettit declined to discuss the subject of the dispute pending an investigation by homicide detectives, but said they are investigating the possibility of a love triangle.

He said no one else was injured.

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