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Victims named in Kissimmee shooting/suicide

Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 6:22 pm

By Ken Jackson
Staff Writer

Kissimmee Police Department detectives continue to investigate a shooting that became an attempted murder and suicide in a neighborhood blocks from Lake Tohopekaliga that left one person dead and another wounded Tuesday.

Kissimmee Fire Rescue personnel load a female patient into a vehicle for transport to an area hospital Tuesday afternoon following an incident in the Lakeshore subdivision in Kissimmee.

Kissimmee Fire Department personnel load a female patient into a vehicle for transport to an area hospital Tuesday afternoon following an incident in the Lakeshore subdivision in Kissimmee.

The victim, 64-year-old Martha Smith, was shot by 81-year-old William Marble, who then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide.

Police received the call around 5 p.m. regarding the shooting and responded to 510 Poinsettia Lane, a block from Neptune Road in the Lakeshore subdivision.

In the 9-1-1 call, Smith reported being shot twice, once in the face and hand. She also said she thought she was shot in the chest. She told a dispatcher that Marble shot her.

Nearby residents said they didn’t hear any gunshots before a handful of police cruisers descended upon the neighborhood.

Police spokesperson Stacie Miller confirmed Marble was pronounced dead on the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. She had no details of any relationship between he and Smith, saying only they are both caregivers for the homeowner.

Miller reported that Smith was airlifted to a local hospital, where she was listed in stable condition as of early Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Osceola County Property Appraiser’s website, the home is owned by Margaret Hendricks. Neither the owner nor anyone else were inside the residence when the incident occurred.

Miller said investigators didn’t believe there are any other suspects involved to search for.

Appearing later in the evening at Tuesday’s Kissimmee City Commission meeting, Kissimmee Police Chief Lee Massie confirmed the shooting was an attempted murder and suicide.

Staff writer Tiffanie Reynolds contributed to this report. This is a breaking story, and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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