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Husband, wife found dead in North Sacramento; murder-suicide suspected

Investigators were looking into a suspected murder-suicide involving a North Sacramento man who was believed to have shot his wife Saturday night and turned the gun on himself, according to a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department news release.

The couple, 72-year-old Viorel Thomas and his 37-year-old wife, who had not yet been identified, were found dead Saturday on the patio of their home in the 5700 block of Shadow Creek Drive, the release said.

Deputies found Thomas and the woman after receiving 911 calls reporting gunshots shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday, the release said. Several callers said they heard gunshots followed by a woman’s screams, according to the release.

Investigators found a handgun near the bodies, the release said.