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Man shoots wife, brother-in-law in murder-suicide at Springfield home: Police

Three people were found dead in a{ } Springfield home Thursday afternoon. (SkyTrak7)
Three people were found dead in a Springfield home Thursday afternoon. (SkyTrak7)
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Three people were found dead in a home in Springfield, Va. Thursday afternoon, Fairfax County Police Department said.

Just before 4 p.m., police said a housekeeper who was on the upper level of a home located in the 8500 block of Wild Spruce Drive reported hearing gunshots.

Police said two men and a woman were found shot to death in the basement.

When officers arrived at the scene, they said Meskerem Belachew Solomon, 38, Amanuel Belachew Solomon, 31, and Tiku Berhane Gebreeyesus, 47, were found with multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body.

Following an investigation into the incident, police believe Tiku shot his wife, Meskerem, and her brother, Amanuel, before shooting himself. Police said they found no evidence of forced entry into the home and found a handgun near the bodies.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will be completing autopsies to confirm the manner and cause of death, police said.

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Fairfax County police said this is still an active investigation and are working to piece together the timeline and the roughly two-hour gap between when a woman cleaning the house heard the gunshots and when the shooting was reported to the police.

There are a total of three children and a nanny that also live in the home. A 2-year-old child and a family nanny were inside the home at the time on an upper level and were unharmed, police said. They were all safe and accounted for.

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Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call the department's Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 2. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), and by web. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards.

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