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PD: Village trustee fatally shoots 2 before turning gun on self

Double murder-suicide shocks Ellenville community

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ELLENVILLE — Ulster County sheriffs and state police are investigating a double murder-suicide in Ellenville after a man shot and killed his former girlfriend and her boyfriend before turning the gun on himself.

Authorities say the shooting happened in a parking lot off Canal Street Thursday morning. The gunman, identified as Village Trustee Efrain Lopez, approached a car and shot Jose Cruz and Margarita Soto with a rifle and then later shot himself. All three were pronounced dead at the scene.

The shooting caused officials to put area schools on lockdown, and part of Canal Street was closed for several hours

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