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Two dead in apparent murder-suicide at Spokane cancer center

Shooting at Spokane cancer center was murder-suicide, police say

Two people are dead after an apparent murder-suicide inside a Spokane, Wash., cancer center on Tuesday morning, police officials said.

Officer Teresa Fuller, a public information officer for the Spokane Police Department, told the Los Angeles Times that an unidentified man apparently shot his wife, then turned the gun on himself inside of a facility in the 800 block of West 5th Avenue.

Police described the incident as a case of domestic violence. Fuller said the female victim was an employee of the cancer center.

The shooting occured on the 7th floor of the cancer center of Deaconess Hospital, Fuller said. Earlier, the Spokane Police Department said on Twitter that the shooting occurred at Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Gunfire erupted inside the building at 9:38 a.m., according to Fuller, who said the facility was open at the time and that there may have been patients inside the building.

No one else was injured, and Fuller said the gunman opened fire with a handgun. It was not clear how many rounds were fired.

The victim's identities were not immediately released.

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11:42 a.m.: This post was updated after police confirmed the female victim was an employee of the cancer center.

10:54 a.m.: This post was updated with more information from the Spokane Police Department.

10:39 a.m.: This post was updated after police confirmed two people had died in the shooting.

The first version of this post was published at 10:27 a.m.

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