Upstate New York politician, 55, shoots dead his ex and her new boyfriend in a parking lot before turning the gun on himself in horror murder-suicide
- A New York local official Efrain Lopez, 55, is dead, after taking the lives of his ex girlfriend, Margarita Soto, and her new love interest, Jose Cruz, also both 55
- The apparent murder-suicide occurred in the Village of Ellenville, about 100 miles north of New York City
- The tragedy was attributed to 'an ongoing domestic dispute', police said
- Soto was Lopez's long-term domestic partner, and Cruz was a recent romantic interest for the slain woman
- Lopez was a long-time member of the Village of Ellenville Board of Trustees
Upstate New York local official Efrain Lopez, 55, is dead, after taking the lives of his ex girlfriend and her new love interest, police said Thursday
An upstate New York local official shot himself dead after killing his ex girlfriend and her new love interest, police said Thursday.
The victims were Margarita Soto and Jose Cruz, both 55, the Village of Ellenville Police Department said in a news release shared Thursday.
Efrain Lopez, 55, who is believed to have taken his own life, has been identified as the shooter by police.
Police received a phone call alerting them to a shooting in the parking lot of the Canal Lock Apartments, just before 10am.
When the police arrived they found Soto and Cruz on the ground lifeless.
Ulster County Sheriff Department also responded to calls reporting the incident.
The two law enforcement agencies were initially met with reports that a suspect had fled on foot, toward a school in the area.
A precautionary lock down was put in place by the Superintendent at the request of authorities, but was later lifted when authorities realized the apparent shooter had shot and killed himself.
The victims were Margarita Soto (left) and Jose Cruz (right), both 55, of Ellenville
The three individuals pulled into the parking lot at the Canal Lock Apartments at around the same time on Thursday morning, police said
Lopez, who has been a long-time member of the Village of Ellenville Board of Trustees, was found dead in his vehicle shortly after the victims were found.
The apparent murder-suicide appeared to be the result of 'an ongoing domestic dispute', police said.
The three individuals pulled into the parking lot at the Canal Lock Apartments at around the same time, Ellenville Police Chief Phil Mattracion said, according to New York Daily News.
At that point, Lopez and Cruz got out of their cars, and Lopez shot and killed Cruz with a .30-caliber rifle.
The apparent murder-suicide appeared to be the result of 'an ongoing domestic dispute' between Lopez and Soto (pictured), police said
When Lopez and Cruz got out of their cars at the Canal Lock Apartments, Lopez shot and killed Cruz (pictured) with a .30-caliber rifle
Lopez then walked over to Cruz's vehicle, where Soto was in the passenger seat, and and fired the rifle through the window, also killing his ex.
'It is a tragedy of just unproportional magnitudes. I was shocked,' Mattracion said. 'There was many emotions running through me.'
Lopez, who was also known as 'Ping,' had been long-term domestic partners with Soto.
Cruz is reported to have been a new romantic partner for Soto.
'We do know [Lopez] wasn’t happy about the situation,' Mattracion said, referencing eyewitness accounts of the shooter seeing his former lover with another man.
Lopez, who was also known as 'Ping,' had been long-term domestic partners with Soto
Cruz is reported to have been a new romantic partner for Soto
Lopez was employed by the Ellenville Central School District in the custodial unit for the past 30 years.
Mattracion said he was well-liked in the community.
No information was immediately available as to public sentiement regarding Soto and Cruz.
The Ulster County Medical Examiner's Office pronounced Soto, Cruz and Lopez dead at the scene.
Ellenville is located in Ulster County, with a population of about 4,000.
The town is situated less than 100 miles north of New York City.
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