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.
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