Fatal shooting of couple inside moving car investigated as murder-suicide

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Glendale police are investigating the fatal shooting of two people found inside a crashed car as a murder-suicide.

Police said a sedan veered off the Loop 101 eastbound, crossed a frontage road and crashed into a landscaped area just west of 51st Avenue around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

An off-duty firefighter witnessed the crash and went to the vehicle to try and help.

Police said the driver and passenger were dead at the scene.

James Tucker, 29, of Kingman, and passenger Shantel McCormick, 28, of Surprise, had sustained gunshot wounds. Police said a gun was located inside the vehicle.

Detectives have determined that Tucker and McCormick were involved in a dating relationship. Based upon the preliminary evidence, they are treating this incident as a murder-suicide.

Police said it appears that Tucker shot McCormick and then turned the gun on himself while inside the moving vehicle.

The investigation is ongoing.

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