BARRE — A local woman and her estranged boyfriend are both dead following what police are describing as a “domestic violence-related homicide/suicide.”
Police confirmed the identities of the victim, 29-year-old Courtney Gaboriault, and the suspected shooter, Luke Lacroix, 30, several hours after responding to a reported disturbance on Long Street earlier in the day.
Police arrived at the scene shortly after 7:40 a.m., while shots were still being fired, according to Deputy Police Chief Larry Eastman.
Eastman said the last of those shots likely claimed the life of the suspected shooter, whom police later confirmed was Lacroix, even as officers were trying to assist Gaboriault who came “stumbling out” of the apartment and died at the scene.
“It appears to be a murder-suicide,” said Eastman, who earlier Wednesday afternoon was unable to provide the name or gender of either of the deceased until their next of kin had been notified.
Names were issued later in the day, though police said additional information would not be released until Thursday.
Even as police sought to notify next of kin who were celebrating a federal holiday, Eastman said the investigation was underway and background information was being collected.
“We have officers out in the field doing follow-up interviews, and the scene is being processed,” he said.
Eastman declined to discuss any specifics, including where the apartment building was located on the dead-end residential street that remained on lock-down Wednesday afternoon.
Asked if drugs or alcohol played any role in the shootings, Eastman sidestepped the question.
“I’m not going to confirm any of that right now,” he said, confirming the substance of the news release that was initially issued.
Eastman briefly recounted the chain of events that began when officers arrived on scene as multiple gun shots were being fired and witnessed the wounded Gaboriault stumble out of the apartment where Lacroix died from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot.
Eastman said officers pulled Gaboriault out of harm’s way, but it was too late to make a difference. She died at the scene and Lacroix’s body was recovered from the apartment.
Eastman did not provide information about the weapon.
Mayor Lucas Herring said he was notified of the incident by Police Chief Tim Bombardier, while Bombardier was returning from vacation Wednesday morning.
Herring said Bombardier provided few details, but indicated the deaths stemmed from what appeared to be a domestic violence-related “murder-suicide.” He said, the deaths, while tragic, did not appear to be cause for broader public safety concern.
“From what I understand, I don’t think anybody has anything to worry about,” Herring said.
Barre police were assisted at the scene by state police detectives.