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Murder-suicide victims reportedly suffered from terminal illnesses

Prescott police found a man dead from a gunshot wound and his wife shot and in critical condition in a murder-suicide at 8:45 p.m. Thursday outside a medical building in the 1000 block of South Ruth Street, said Prescott Police Lt. Andy Reinhardt. The wife later died from her injury.

Robert Grossman, 88, and Joanne Grossman, 85, were reportedly both suffering from terminal illnesses: "He had a cardiac condition and she had cancer," Reinhardt said. "The husband called police and said, 'This is where we are at and this is what we're going to do'; then he shot his wife and then himself."

When responding officers found the couple, the wife was still alive, so Life Line Ambulance took her to Yavapai Regional Medical Center. She was then flown to John C. Lincoln North Mountain Medical Center in Phoenix where she later died, Reinhardt said.

Reinhardt said it is not known why the couple chose to do this outside the medical center near Prescott High School.

"Detectives asked him that question when he called, but he did not respond," Reinhardt said. "The couple lived nearby at an assisted-living center."

Officers briefly closed Ruth Street to traffic Thursday night as they investigated, and several emergency vehicles were at the scene, along with officers who were collecting items of evidence near the building.

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