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2 shot to death in 'America's safest big city' Irvine; family member in custody

2 shot to death in 'America's safest big city' Irvine; family member in custody
Irvine police responded to a double-killing Tuesday afternoon. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Two people were shot to death in Irvine, and their suspected killer has been taken into custody, police said Tuesday.

Officers responding to the killings found the gunman inside a home in the 14000 block of Crystal Circle about 1 p.m., said police spokeswoman Kim Mohr.

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Two people inside the home were killed. The gunman was identified as Nolan Pascal Pillay, 37, Mohr said.

"We believe this to be a domestic violence case, in which all parties involved are related," she said in an email.

Police are awaiting a warrant that would allow them to search the home, Mohr said.

The identities of the victims were not immediately available.

The killings are the first two of the year for Irvine, annually named "America's safest big city" with more than 230,000 residents. There were three homicides in the city last year, police said.

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UPDATES:

5:25 p.m.: This article was updated with the identity of the suspected gunman.

This article was originally published at 3:20 p.m.

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