- Associated Press - Friday, February 17, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Police say a man fatally shot a woman and her mother, then killed himself in an apartment in Richmond’s East End.

Police identified the three killed in a statement Thursday as 24-year-old Shaquenda Walker, her mother 55-year-old Deborah Walker, and 23-year-old Walter Gaines III.

Officers called to the apartment Thursday morning found the bodies and police say all three were pronounced dead at the scene. Police say Shaquenda Walker’s two children, both under 5, were found unharmed in the apartment and have been reunited with relatives.

Police say they are investigating the shootings as a probable murder-suicide. They say the preliminary analysis of the scene indicates that Gaines shot the women, then himself. Police say the medical examiner will determine the time, cause and manner of their deaths.

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