NEW LONDON, Conn. — The deadly shooting and fire at a multi-apartment building in New London on Thursday was a murder-suicide, the office of the chief medical examiner confirmed on Friday.
Just before 8 p.m. Wednesday police were called to the area of Granite Street and Williams Street on a report of shots fired. While they were heading to the scene, officers were told a fire had broken out at 48 Granite Street, near the same area the shots were reported.
Two people were found inside the building. Police said one person was pronounced dead at the scene while the other died at Laurence + Memorial Hospital.
On Friday, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed the deaths of 18-year-old Arisleidy Batista and 20-year-old Nicolas Rodriguez-Vargas were a murder-suicide.
Officials said Batista had gunshot wounds to the torso, head and extremities and her death has been classified as a homicide. Rodriguez-Vargas died from a gunshot wound to the head. His death was classified as suicide.
A New London police officer was also taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation and was later released.
Just after 7 p.m., nearly an hour earlier, police were called to the area of Jefferson Avenue and Boulder Drive on a report of shots fired. When they arrived, investigators found bullet holes inside of a home.
Police said the shooting did not appear to be a random act and no injuries were reported.
At this time it's unknown if the two incidents are related.
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