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Vista Wife Killed, Husband Wounded in Suspected Murder-Suicide Shooting

Someone inside the home on Hartwright Road called 911 around 6:40 a.m. Saturday to report two people had been shot inside the home, and one was not breathing

A woman was killed and her husband was wounded in a shooting at a home in Vista Saturday in what might likely turn into a murder-suicide investigation.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (SDSO) said a person called 911 at around 6:40 a.m. from a home in the 1800 block of Hartwright Road, reporting that two people had been shot and one was not breathing.

SDSO Lt. Jason Vickery said deputies arrived at the home to find a woman dead from a gunshot wound. The woman’s husband, who is around 50 years old, had also suffered a gunshot wound. He was taken to a local hospital with a severe injury, the SDSO said, and, as of 11 a.m., his prognosis was unknown.

Deputies believe two of the couple’s children were home at the time of the shooting. They said no one was arrested at the home and there are no outstanding suspects at this time, but did not confirm if the husband pulled the trigger.

“There is no danger to the public,” said SDSO Lt. Rich Williams. “We are obviously affecting traffic here on this street while processing the scene, but impact should be minimal as we’re able to get most residents in and out of here as needed.”

The woman's name was not immediately released by investigators. The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office will determine her cause and manner of death via an autopsy.

Neighbor Eddie Bautista said he usually sees the couple around the neighborhood and never noticed anything amiss with them.

“Usually walk by there, they’ll wave or nod,” Bautista told NBC 7. “[The home] was really calm; you don’t hear yelling around there, so it’s strange something like this would happen."

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