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Bethel Police ID Shooting Victim As 76-Year-Old Homeowner

Media and police descended on a quiet neighborhood in Bethel after an apparent murder-suicide attempt left a 76-year-old man dead in his home.
Media and police descended on a quiet neighborhood in Bethel after an apparent murder-suicide attempt left a 76-year-old man dead in his home. Photo Credit: Daily Voice staff photo

BETHEL, Conn. — The man killed in an apparent murder-suicide attempt in Bethel on Friday afternoon was Charles Cristofalo Jr., the 76-year-old owner of the home where the shooting occurred, the News-Times said Saturday.

The two people injured in the shooting were identified as his wife Ahn Cristofalo, 68, whose injuries were described as non-life-threatening, and Thai Pham, 56, whose injuries were serious, the News-Times and police said. Pham's relationship to the Cristofalos was not explained by police.

Police said they did not know what caused the dispute or who fired the gun, which was recovered in the gray one-story home at 11 Governors Lane, the News-Times said.

The police investigation was continuing into the incident, which began with a 911 hangup call from the home at about 2:20 p.m. Friday. No one answered when police called back nor when officers arrived, so officers entered the home, which is located on a cul-de-sac in a quiet, residential neighborhood about a mile from the center of town, police said.

Inside, officers found Ahn Cristofalo in the kitchen, and two men in different bedrooms, police said. Charles Cristofalo was dead, and Pham had suffered life-threatening injuries, police said. The two victims were taken to Danbury Hospital.

One neighbor said the Cristofalos had lived there for many years, and they had celebrated their 21st anniversary last fall, according to Facebook.

One area resident described the scene Friday as "a little disturbing," as police cars blocked off many of the streets and an NBC News helicopter hovered over the neighborhood.

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