- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) - Two people have been killed in Taunton just hours apart, but authorities say their deaths don’t appear to be connected.

The Bristol district attorney’s office says 23-year-old Vanessa Courtney was found apparently slashed or stabbed inside an apartment just before 6 p.m. Monday. The death is being investigated as a homicide. There have been no arrests.

About 2 1/2 hours later, police responded to another apartment to find the body of 23-year-old Dominique Scott.

The preliminary investigation indicates that Scott was one of two armed men who forced their way into the apartment. The resident disarmed one intruder and shot Scott. The other intruder fled.

The resident hasn’t been charged.

Taunton has about 55,000 residents and is located about 40 miles south of Boston.

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