PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — A 52-year-old man shot and killed two adults and two dogs inside a Port St. Lucie home on Sunday before taking his own life, police said.
Calling it an "isolated incident" and "not a random act of violence," Port St. Lucie police on Monday said detectives found a suicide note at the home in the 1900 block of Southwest Cameo Boulevard and believe depression may have been a factor in the tragedy.
.@PSLPolice confirm shooting death of 3 people off Cameo Sunday night is murder-suicide. 52yo man shot and killed 53yo woman, 33yo man and two dogs before killing himself. @WPTV pic.twitter.com/4HIfUlcIE9— Jon Shainman (@JonShainman) February 21, 2022
Detectives said a roommate found the bodies of three adults and two dogs around 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
According to police, a 52-year-old man gunned down a 33-year-old man, a 53-year-old woman, and two dogs inside the home. He then shot and killed himself.
The identities of the deceased and their relationship to one another have not been released.
"There continues to be no threat to the community," Sgt. John Dellacroce said in a news release.
Christian Marrero is a long way from Radio City Music Hall. But this professional musician is taking a break from the pandemic at his sister's home in Port St. Lucie.
"I wanted to get away from the craziness of New York City," Marrero said.
Marrero was stunned to hear that a house just across from Turtle Run Park was a crime scene Sunday night.
"Don’t expect much to be going on, and next thing you know, you hear people are taking lives," Marrero said.
Police said a roommate came home Sunday to discover the bodies of three people and two dogs. All had been shot to death.
Neighbors tell WPTV the family that lived here was quiet and friendly.
"I used to say hi and bye. They have yard sales and I would go and buy stuff from them," said neighbor Monica Ward.
Ward said it was a husband and wife and at least one adult child living there.
Detectives found a suicide note and believe depression was a factor behind the incident. Officers came back to the home Monday to check on the other occupant.
Despite hearing the news, Morrero said he’d still consider moving down here from New York.
"It’s just wild because you’re just sitting at peace with yourself making peace with people around you by playing music, and then you hear bad news. And I don’t know how to react to that other than, I’m just going to blow my horn doing what I’m doing and wish people the best you know," Morrero said.
If you or someone you know are struggling with thoughts of suicide and need mental health resources, call 211 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.