Two men found dead in South San Jose on Monday in an apparent murder-suicide were longtime acquaintances engaged in “an on-going feud,” a police spokeswoman said today.
Kevin McCarroll, 49, of San Jose, and Robert Scott Smith, 49, of Sunnyvale, each died of a gunshot wound inside of a town home near Cherry Avenue west of Almaden Expressway, Sgt. Heather Randol said.
Police have not released details about which of the men shot the other before committing suicide.
San Jose police responded to a call at 3:28 p.m. Monday in the 1500 block of Norma Jean Way off of Cherryview Lane after someone reported finding the men’s bodies, Randol said.
Police learned that the pair knew each other for a considerable period of time and had been in “an on-going feud,” but exact circumstances of their deaths are still being investigated, Randol said.
There are no other suspects in the case, Randol said.
Earlier police had said that the bodies had been located in a residence in the 1500 block of Marlene Way.
Neighbors reported hearing what sounded like gunshots early Sunday evening but they assumed the noises were fireworks and no one notified police.
One of McCarroll’s neighbors, Christine Moreland, said that she saw him occasionally and that he had asked her to call him if she ever needed help with anything.
On Monday afternoon, two women who arrived at his home started screaming after locating the bodies inside, Moreland said.
Moreland said her husband, Anthony Powell, entered the residence where the bodies were and then told the two women to call 911, Moreland said.
“They (the women) were on the phone, screaming,” Moreland said.
Another neighbor, Arooj Syed, 43, said she heard two sets of shots on Sunday, one set at about 6 p.m. and another between 8 and 9 p.m., but that neighbors who came out of their homes afterwards thought the noises must have been from fireworks.
Police and the Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office have not released the estimated time that the two men were shot.
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