Houston: An Indian-American couple hailing from Telangana state was found dead in an apparent murder-suicide in their home at an affluent suburb in the US state of Texas, police said.
Police officers were called to the house in Sugar Land, near Houston, at about 6 am on Monday.
They found the bodies of Sreenivas Nakirekanti, 51, and his wife, Shanti, 46, at the scene. They said Shanti was found with a gunshot wound to her head in the driveway of the home. Sreenivas was found in the bedroom with a gunshot wound to the chest and a small handgun nearby.
Police said a preliminary investigation indicated that Sreenivas shot and killed Shanti and then turned the gun on himself. The couple were stated to be Osmania University alumni
According to the authorities a 16-year-old girl was asleep in the home at the time of the shooting. She answered the door for police when they arrived and told them her dad was not coming out of the bedroom.
She was not injured. The daughter is in the care of friends, Sugar Land city spokesman Doug Adolph said. Friends said the couple had a 21-year-old son who was at the University of Texas. “The two fatalities fits the scenario of a murder-suicide. This case is still under investigation,” said the Sugar Land Police Department (SLDP) in a press statement. “There is no danger to residents and SLPD is not looking for any suspects,” it said.
Police told local press there was no history of domestic violence. Friends of the couple told local media they had received an email from Sreenivas that day, but police had asked them not to share the content of the note.
The murder-suicide is under investigation.