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Man fatally shot his mother-in-law and then himself, police say

A man and a woman who died in an apparent murder-suicide in Falls Church on Monday have been identified as a 62-year-old woman and her 36-year-old son-in-law, Fairfax County Police said.

Lakshmi Bhat of North Carolina was shot and killed by her son-in-law Anand Venkata of Falls Church before he turned the gun on himself, police said.

No motive was given for the killing.

Officers were called to the Skyline Towers apartment complex in the 5500 block of Seminary Road just before 10 a.m. Monday for a report of the sounds of shots fired, police said.

Officers found the bodies of Bhat and Venkata inside an apartment on the 21st floor of the south tower, police said.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will make the final determination as to the cause and manner of death.


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