Friday, May 24

Man, woman dead in suspected murder-suicide, West Palm Beach police say

A woman was fatally shot in the parking lot of a motel and a man later killed himself outside a rental car facility Friday night in what a West Palm Beach police spokesman described as a murder-suicide.

Spokesman Mike Jachles told WPTV reporter Briana Nespral that his department received a call about a shooting at about 7:30 p.m. in the back parking lot of the Quality Inn at 1505 Belvedere Road, west of Interstate 95.

They found a woman, believed to be 45 years old, with an apparent gunshot wound, Jachles said. Officers attempted CPR but she was declared dead by paramedics.

A 60-year-old man had entered a car with two boys, 10 and 17, behind the other vehicle, Jachles said. The boys are believed to be the St. Lucie County couple’s children, he said.

They took off in the vehicle.

About a quarter mile away, officers found a car at a Hertz car rental that the suspect was driving.

When officers approached him, he shot himself, although there was no exchange of gunfire, Jachles said.

He was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center for surgery and died before 10:30 p.m., Jachles said.

The boys gave statements at the police department.

The identities of the man and woman have not been released.

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