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Locals react to possible murder-suicide outside One Stop

CALEXICO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - A married couple in the process of getting a divorce suffered gunshot wounds in the parking lot of the One Stop Business & Employment office on Monday, which the Calexico Police Department (CPD) ruled as a possible murder-suicide.

CPD reported one witness seeing a 61-year-old woman from Holtville enter and shortly exiting the building while another witness heard a loud noise, and saw the woman injured in her car while a 76-year-old man from Calexico, later identifed as the woman's husband, was also injured and was outside the car.

While the woman was pronounced dead at the scene, the man died from his injuries after being taken to Brawley Pioneer Memorial Hospital.

As a result, the Imperial County Executive Office says their Calexico office will be temporarily closed through the end of the week, but they said services will be available at the El Centro office, located at 2799 S. 4th Street.

CPD has yet to release the names of the victims pending next of kin notifications.

Imperial County Sheriff Fred Miramontes says personnel from his office were also involved in the initial investigation.

"According to our personnel that was at the scene assisting the Calexico Police Department, there were two adults, a male and a female Hispanic that died from impacts from a firearm," said Miramontes.

The woman died on the scene and the man died at Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

A plasma center employee says their business, which is next door, felt the impacts of the incident, and their thoughts are with the victims.

"Some of the donors that came to donate that parked here were not able to get their vehicles out so that was an unfortunate situation that happened and we are very sorry that happened," expressed Grifols Plasma Center Employee Bertha Jimenez.

Locals say they're upset over what happened.

"This is very sad, people shouldn’t have weapons, for what reason? I don't think it was right, this was a tragedy," said local Florencia Soto.

"Devastating that a couple couldn’t solve their issues and they made it their own way, that’s how I feel," continued Jimenez.

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