A relative says a long-standing family feud may have led to the shooting deaths of four people in a Cambria County home near Altoona Friday night.
State police said a man found his wife and son fatally shot, then in turn shot the two intruders who killed them. The father was not injured.
Upon arriving at the home on Bottom Road around 11 p.m., state police found the caller's 64-year-old wife and 47-year-old son dead from gunshot wounds, the wife at the front door and the son in the kitchen.
An unidentified man was found dead in the kitchen. An unidentified woman who was found alive with a gunshot wound to the head in the living room was pronounced dead later at the Altoona UPMC Trauma Center. The caller said both were the intruders.
Investigators said the suspects' vehicle was found parked in the victim's driveway.
Authorities have not offered a motive for the killings.
However, a relative of the family, Virginia Cruse, told the Associated Press that a long-running feud was spawned by her niece's "hatred" for her family. Ms. Cruse said the daughter and mother did not get along but that she had no idea what specific issue spurred Friday's tragedy.
Autopsies were under way Saturday, and state police plan to brief reporters and release the identities of those involved at a news conference at 11:30 a.m. today at the state police barracks in Ebensburg.