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3 people found shot to death in Cathedral City

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. (AP) -- Two women and a man were found shot to death in a Riverside County home Wednesday, and investigators suspect a double murder-suicide that resulted from a conflict over one of the women's will.

The older woman's adult son discovered the bodies at the house in a quiet residential neighborhood of Cathedral City, police Lt. Charles Robinson said.

The woman and her adult daughter were shot to death in a bed, Robinson said. In another bedroom, the body of the older woman's common-law husband was discovered with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A note containing an apparent confession and a handgun were found near the man's body, Robinson said.

The woman had been recently diagnosed with a terminal illness, and her common-law husband was upset over her plans to divide her assets after her death, according to investigators.

“It looks like the motive was just anger based on who gets what,” Robinson told the Desert Sun newspaper.

The daughter was visiting from Florida to help put her mother's affairs in order, he said.

Authorities believe the shootings occurred within 36 hours.

The shooter and the victims, whose names were not released, ranged in age from their early 40s to early 60s.

Cathedral City police have not investigated any homicides so far this year, according to the Desert Sun. Four people were killed there last year.

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