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A Man And A Woman Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide In San Clemente Boutique Shooting

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Authorities believe that the man and woman killed in Saturday's shooting at a San Clemente clothing boutique were the only two involved in the incident and that it was a murder-suicide.

In a press release, the Orange County Sheriff's Department stated that deputies had arrived at the scene at 2 p.m. after receiving a call about a shooting at the Bliss Boutique at 167 Avenida Del Mar. By the time they had entered the store at 2:40 p.m., a man and a woman were already found dead at the scene. Based on witness accounts and evidence they determined that it had was a murder-suicide suspected to be committed by the man. A handgun was recovered at the scene.

A subsequent press release from the OCSD has identified the deceased as Cynthia Jean Rosier and John Patrick Dillard, both of San Clemente. According to authorities, the two were married.

City News Service reports a witness told reporters that an employee of the boutique told investigators that Rosier was going through a difficult divorce and that her husband had shown up and had taken Rosier to the back of the store before six shots were fired.