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2 dead in Lawrenceville murder-suicide; victims identified



PITTSBURGH - Two people were found dead after a murder-suicide Friday afternoon in Lawrenceville.

According to police, shots were fired in the 4600 block of Carlton Street about 12:45 p.m.

Channel 11’s Alan Jennings confirmed that a SWAT team responded with an arsenal of firepower.

“The SWAT team came up. They got out of the car. I heard them throw a few flash bangs inside,” said witness Brandon Friel.

Paramedics rushed in, attempting to render aid, but it was too late.

Pittsburgh police identified the victims as Stephanie Byrd and her estranged husband, Bruce Byrd.

Investigators said a friend dropped off Stephanie at her mother-in-law’s home and waited outside. When she went inside, she was surprised by her husband who was waving a gun.

"She walked in. Probably within three or four minutes, she saw her friend come to the window. She had a bag in her hand, appeared she was banging on the window for help. Within seconds after that, there were multiple rounds fired,” said Pittsburgh Police Lt. Kevin Krause.

Police said when the Byrds were together, they lived next door to Bruce Byrd’s mother, where Bruce lived until Friday.

"The woman was found dead on arrival. She was lying on the living room floor and her husband was lying on top of her with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head," said Krause.

Crime scene investigators indicated that more than 30 shots were fired.