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Citrus Heights police say two unrelated shootings Monday were suicides

The deaths of two women from gunshot wounds in separate incidents Monday in Citrus Heights were suicides, police say.

Officers responded to the first shooting at 12:05 a.m. in an apartment complex in the 12000 block of Fair Oaks Boulevard after receiving 911 calls reporting that a woman had been shot. Officers found a woman in her mid-40s and confirmed that she had died of a gunshot wound to her upper body. Police said Monday morning that they had not determined whether the shooting was a suicide or homicide.

On Tuesday, they said investigators had determined that the gunshot wound was self-inflicted.

Shortly after noon Monday, officers responded to the 6100 block of Greenback Lane for a welfare check on a woman in a business parking lot. They found an 85-year-old woman who was semiconscious. Police said the woman had a small-caliber firearm in plain view.

When paramedics arrived, they determined that the woman had sustained three gunshot wounds to her upper body. She was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead shortly after her arrival, according to a Police Department news release.

Detectives arrived at the shooting scene and determined that the woman’s wounds were self-inflicted. Police said a suicide note was found.

Police stressed that the two incidents were not connected. They urge anyone with feelings or thoughts of suicide to call the Police Department, noting that several resources are available, including the Suicide Prevention Hotline, 916-368-3111, and A Community for Peace, 916-728-7210.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy