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2 dead in apparent murder-suicide at Walmart

Updated: Monday, September 9 2013, 04:12 PM EDT


SALEM, Ohio --

Authorities in Columbiana County are investigating an apparent murder-suicide involving an estranged couple found shot to death in a Walmart employee parking lot.

A Salem police detective said Sylvia Maillis, a Walmart employee, left with a few coworkers to get something to eat early Sunday morning. When she returned at around 2:40 a.m., her estranged boyfriend, Charles Kropinak, pulled in the employee parking lot.

Police said they argued briefly before Kropinak pulled out a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun and shot Maillis multiple times. Kropinak was found with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Both were found dead in the parking lot and a handgun was found near Kropinak's body.

Police said the shootings are being considered a murder-suicide but the incident remains under investigation.

2 dead in apparent murder-suicide at Walmart

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