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Customers Stunned After Apparent Murder-Suicide Outside West Philadelphia Target

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- A woman and man are dead after an apparent murder-suicide outside a Target in River Park, according to Philadelphia police. This happened at 4000 Monument Road around in West Philadelphia 12:44 p.m. Sunday.

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The department said the man drove to the location in a blue Lexus. He shot the woman in the head before shooting himself, police said. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

There were customers inside the store at the time of the incident, and bystanders told CBS3 there were stunned this happened in their area.

'That's shocking," customer Ralph Stanley said, also explaining these types of incidents "don't happen here."

"I think I was here earlier today around that time earlier today too," he said, adding, "I didn't hear anything or see anything or hear anything."

It's not the first time something like this has happened here. In January 2020, police said one man was killed and two others were wounded in a triple shooting in this same parking lot.

For many, this has put safety at the forefront of their minds. For customer Corey Nicholas, it's about keeping children safe.

"It's really disturbing because there are usually kids running going into Target, and coming toward Christmas - it's just ridiculous," he said.

"I don't think there is any place that is safe anymore," Stanley said.

Authorities have not released any identities in this case.

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