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Police: Mom, son found shot to death in Phila. home

Donna Muller, left, and Rich Muller CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA - Police are trying to determine who is responsible for a double shooting in a Philadelphia home that left a mother and her son dead, reports CBS Philly.

Police say they were called to the home in Lawncrest, in the northeast section of the city, around 3:30 p.m. Sunday after a 29-year old woman found the 49-year-old mother and her 22-year old son dead, reports the station. Both victims, who police have identified as Donna and Rich Muller, were shot in the head, and both were pronounced dead at the scene. One of the bodies was reportedly found in an upstairs bedroom, and the other was discovered just outside in the hallway.

“We don’t have a motive at this time. However, we have several witnesses that were transported to homicide, and they’re being interviewed by homicide detectives right now,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said, according to the station.

Neighbors say Donna Muller lived at the house with her son Rich and her daughter. They say it was her daughter who found the bodies, reports the station.

“I couldn’t think of anybody who would ever want to hurt Rich or his family. He was the nicest guy,” Brian Zukowski, a friend of the victim, said.

Friends and neighbors who spoke to CBS Philly say they are baffled by the shooting and cannot think of anyone who would do this, let alone why.

“She was very welcoming,” Zukowski said of Donna. “If anybody needed somewhere to stay or something to eat, you could stay over at his house.”

Police say there was no obvious sign of forced entry into the home and the home did not appear to have been ransacked.

The weapon used in the shooting has not been recovered, but police did find a shell casing. Police say the have no suspects at this time.

An investigation is ongoing.

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