Updated, 9:32 p.m.
A man burst into a house where his estranged wife was staying with relatives in East Germantown Tuesday afternoon and opened fire on her as she sat on the couch, police said.
Shortly after 5:30 p.m., police were called to the house, on Clearview Street near Washington Lane, adjacent to SEPTA's Washington Lane Regional Rail station. Inside, they found the 59-year-old woman collapsed on the couch in the living room suffering from several gunshot wounds to her head and torso, Chief Inspector Scott Small said.
Witnesses told police that the woman's estranged husband, 53, had rushed through the unlocked door of the house, where neither he nor his wife lived, and leveled a semiautomatic handgun at her, firing four shots at her, Small said. He then walked into the dining room and turned the gun on himself. He was pronounced dead on the dining room floor at 6:07 p.m. Police found the gun he used next to his body, Small said.
Police took the badly wounded woman to Albert Einstein Medical Center, but doctors were unable to save her, and she was pronounced dead at 6:08 p.m., Small said.
Several relatives were inside the house at the time of the murder-suicide and witnessed the horror unfold. They were taken to speak with homicide detectives, Small said.
Police did not officially release the victims' names Tuesday night.