LYNNFIELD (CBS/AP) — Police say a Lynnfield man shot his pregnant girlfriend and her sister to death before killing himself Monday night.

A spokesman for the Essex District Attorney’s office said police received a 911 call at about 10 p.m. but by the time they arrived at the home on Ledge Road three people were dead.

Investigators think 51-year-old Joseph Cummings shot his girlfriend, 35-year-old Kimberly Nguyen, then shot 29-year-old Lilly Nguyen, before turning the gun on himself.

Kimberly Nguyen was six-months pregnant with Cummings’ child. “There may have been an argument over the name of the child that Kimberly was pregnant with,” said Essex County D.A. Jonathan Blodgett.

WBZ News Radio’s Doug Cope reports.

Nguyen’s 12-year-old daughter ran to a neighbor’s house and the 911 call was made from that home.

Lilly Nguyen jumped out a second story window to escape Cummings, but according to investigators, he went outside and shot her, before returning inside and taking his own life.

Authorities say Cummings and his girlfriend had been arguing before the shootings.

Police did recover several guns from the home, including two apparently used in the shootings.

Kimberly Nguyen owned the House of Nails salon in East Boston.  Friends say Nguyen was a warm person who treated customers like family, and that Cummings was at the salon with her every day.

WBZ-TV’s Peg Rusconi reports

Michelle DeLucia says Cummings organized a baby shower on Sunday for Nguyen, and that he seemed as happy as she was about the baby.

Friends say Nguyen’s sister Lilly was studying to become a doctor.  Kimberly, they say, had helped put her sister through college.

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Comments (3)
  1. mikey says:

    Is it me or has the whole world gone mad?

    1. Paula Blackmer Foglietta says:

      The whole world has gone mad….

  2. Tom Burke says:

    I predicted 35 years ago that the world would go mad. My prediction was based on the levels of cesium and rubidium (non radioactive) isotopes in the nuclear testing. They are both highly psychoactive and create mood illness similiar to manid-depression in many people.

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