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Photo credit: Wiki Commons

A married couple from San Clemente was formally identified Sunday as the victims of a murder-suicide inside a clothing store in that beach city Saturday.

John Patrick Dillard, 59, entered the boutique with a handgun, and shot and killed fellow San Clemente resident Cynthia Jean Rosier, 64, before turning the weapon on himself, according to Lt. Jeff Hallock of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Dramatic video shot by an amateur showed Orange County deputies in a SWAT team making armed entry into the clothing store called Bliss Boutique at the corner of Avenida Del Mar and El Camino Real, on an otherwise sun-kissed day in the beach town.

Witnesses said a woman who works at the boutique ran out and said her boss, who was going through a difficult divorce, had been grabbed and taken into a back room by her husband before shots were fired.

— City News Service

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