Man Kills Mother-in-Law, Self in Va.

Two people died in an apparent murder-suicide in a Bailey's Crossroads apartment Monday morning, authorities said

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013  |  Updated 2:10 PM EDT
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News 4's Mark Segraves reports on the deaths of two people in an apparent murder-suicide in a Bailey's Crossroads apartment Monday morning.

Mark Segraves

News 4's Mark Segraves reports on the deaths of two people in an apparent murder-suicide in a Bailey's Crossroads apartment Monday morning.

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Police say a 36-year-old Fairfax County man fatally shot his mother-in-law before killing himself in his Skyline Towers apartment Monday morning.

Officers were called to the building in the 5500 block of Seminary Road in Bailey's Crossroads shortly before 10 a.m. In a 23rd floor apartment, they found the bodies of Anand Venkata and his mother-in-law, 62-year-old Lakshmi Bhat of North Carolina.

A weapon was also found inside the apartment.

There are no records of previous 911 calls to that apartment, News4's Mark Segraves reported.

A witness told Segraves that he heard a woman screaming and as many as five shots fired. Police would only say that multiple shots were fired.

Several residents of the building called 911.

Authorities said the apparent murder-suicide is not related to a Friday incident at the apartment complex, when police were called to respond to a person making threats against someone else in the complex.

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