HATFIELD, Pa. (CBS) — Authorities are investigating an apparent murder-suicide inside of a home in Hatfield, Montgomery County.

Police responded to calls of the shooting around 11:30 p.m. Sunday in the 100 block of Diamond Street.

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The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office says three people were found dead inside of the home: a 48-year-old woman, a 48-year-old man and a 28-year-old man.

Authorities say the 28-year-old man was the female’s son. They both suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Officials say they believe the 48-year-old male, identified as Paul Marshall, was the shooter. An initial investigation found Marshall died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Authorities say a semi-automatic rifle was found in his possession.

At the time of the shooting,  a 27-year-old woman and a four-year-old child were also inside the home, but were unharmed.

Neighbors woke to news of the shooting and were stunned that it happened in what they describe as a peaceful neighborhood.

“The 7-Eleven gets robbed a few times a year. I think two, three years ago we had some break-ins, but that’s pretty much everywhere these days,” one neighbor said. “But it’s really a quiet neighborhood. That’s why I live here.”

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“It’s a little disturbing to know that people have issues in your neighborhood and they don’t get help for it,” he said. “They resort to violence. Violence is never the answer.”

Steve Haire lives directly next door and like many on the street, he says there was no reason to believe his friendly neighbor would commit such a crime.

“We borrowed butter, sugar off of each other. Got along real good,” Haire said.

Assistant DA Kevin Steele would not go into a motive but did say the three lived in the house.

The identities of the victims were not immediately released.

The incident remains under investigation.

 

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