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Fountain Valley family dead in apparent murder-suicide

November 6, 2010 |  3:40 pm

Police discovered a grisly scene in Orange County on Friday afternoon: A man had apparently shot and killed his wife and 8-year-old daughter, then turned the gun on himself.

Responding to a report of gunshots at a home in Fountain Valley, officers found a woman, believed to be the suspect’s wife, shot dead in the driveway.

Family members told police they believed her husband, 40, was still inside.

When officers entered, they found the young girl and her father, both with fatal gunshot wounds. The father’s were apparently self-inflicted, they said.

Lt. Mike Simko, with the Fountain Valley Police Department, said in a statement that the names of the suspect and the victims were being withheld until relatives were notified.

-- Robert Faturechi