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Prosecutors: 3 Dead In Apparent Woodland Park Murder-Suicide

Officials: Estranged Husband Shoots Wife, Boyfriend Before Turning Gun On Self
Woodland Park Shooting (credit: CBS 2)

Woodland Park Shooting (credit: CBS 2)

WOODLAND PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A quiet New Jersey neighborhood is still in shock as homicide detectives piece together a deadly shooting Tuesday morning.

Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Woodland Park Police Chief Anthony Galietti said Tuesday that at approximately 6:15 a.m., Stephen Rhyne, age 48, shot and killed Maria Rhyne, age 48 and Gerry Thomas, age 44.

The shootings occurred at the Washington Drive home of Thomas, who was in a relationship with Maria Rhyne, according to authorities.

Maria Rhyne was shot numerous times outside the apartment complex door, Valdes and Galietti said. Thomas was also shot several times as he was sitting in his SUV, authorities said.

In an attempt to flee the area after being shot, Thomas struck several parked vehicles.

Stephen Rhyne’s body was found nearby with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said. He was married to Maria, who had an active restraining order of protection against her husband, authorities said.

The Rhynes had been separated for approximately one year.

“A friend of mine lives in the building where it all happened and thank God she did not take out her garbage two minutes earlier or she would’ve been in a crossfire,” a neighbor told WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports

The outbreak of violence jolted some residents out of bed.

“Six, seven gunshots. And after a scream, another gunshot,” a neighbor told Silverman. The scream was a woman’s voice, the neighbor said.