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Resident: Double Shooting in New Canaan is 'Disturbing'

"I don't like the thought that there are guns being fired where I walk my children," resident Jessica Malde told Patch.

 

New Canaan residents were stunned Friday afternoon by the news that police discovered a double shooting at an apartment complex at 131 Park Street.

Just a few of hours after the incident, which First Selectman Robert Mallozzi described as an "unfortunate," and "senseless tragedy," according to the New Canaan Advertiser, resident Jessica Malde took her two young children for a walk in their double stroller along Cherry Street — not far from where police were conducting their initial investigation.

"I think it's disturbing," she told Patch. "This is a really safe community, so you hear stuff like that and it makes you nervous. We moved here a little over a year ago because it was so safe and beautiful. I don't like the thought that there are guns being fired where I walk my children, so that's scary."

Malde was walking with fellow resident Adrienne Fulk, who had her two children with her as well. "It sounds like a tragic domestic occurrence," she said. "It's just sad."

As cars passed by the complex Friday afternoon, each one slowed down to see why police officers and reporters were surrounding the area. A few drivers opened their windows to ask what was happening and when they heard, most were visibly surprised.

Although Malde never expected for anything like this to happen in New Canaan, she told Patch that she shouldn't be surprised. "Stuff like that happens everywhere," she said.

Officers discovered one man and one woman dead inside of the residence after responding to reports of gunshots fired at approximately 2:40 p.m. One of the deceased appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Sgt. Carol Ogrinc.

The department has not yet confirmed the identities of the deceased, but Ogrinc said that the two are believed to be married and in their early 40s to 50s.

Check back with New Canaan Patch for more updates on this story.

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Chandra Johnson Greene September 22, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Police have released the identities of the victims: http://patch.com/A-xYQJ
Mitt Romney's Swiss Bank Account September 22, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Guns are great. Let's give them to children! Guns for all!
gb September 23, 2012 at 12:12 AM
I agree with Ade. This is a tragedy. This entire week, including R.T.posts, have touched us all in that we never imagined. Peace and hug yor loved ones.
ed jedziniak September 23, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Teri is just a frustrated reporter who can't get a job anywhere because of her shady past. She knows more than anybody, writes better than anybody, but has the moral compass of say, Michael Nowacki. Seriously, what kind of loser takes an article from the New Canaan Adverstiser, puts it on here, and says, "They did a better job."? Teri does.
Rachelle Falgout September 23, 2012 at 04:52 PM
During this tragic time, the family of Billie Falgout-Owen thanks you and the community for your outpouring of concern. However, we have no comment on the subject, nor do we care to release any information. We ask that you please respect our privacy. We are mourning a great loss. Thank you.

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