WAKEFIELD (CBS) – A 72-year-old man was arrested on Monday for fatally shooting his wife in Wakefield, according to authorities.

According to investigators, David McCall fired two shots from a handgun, with one of the bullets striking his 69-year-old wife Elaine in the chest, killing her.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports.

“Suffice it to say, there was some sort of substantial disagreement, and a Elaine McCall was the victim of a homicide,” said Middlesex County District Attorney Gerry Leone.

McCall then called 911 at around 8:15 a.m. and told dispatchers about a murder-suicide at his home, investigators said. Officials would not say whether or not David tried to commit suicide after the incident.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports.

“(McCall) didn’t make good on his suicide, which is what he called in at the time,” said Middlesex County District Attorney Gerry Leone.

McCall was ordered held without bail at his arraignment Monday afternoon and was sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.


Neighbors was stunned after learning that McCall allegedly killed his own wife Monday morning.

“I can’t beleive it, ” said one man as he was backing out of his driveway, “they were elderly, and quiet…pretty much kept to themselves.”

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields contributed to this report.

Comments (4)
  1. emom says:

    so sad, I bet there is so much more to the story,,, have to wonder if there were signs…. really sad

  2. macmum says:

    It’s sad to see so many of these types of stories lately…it seems that the economy, joblessness and hopelessness it part of the problem…so sad that he was that desperate. :-(

  3. ddg says:

    I feel so bad something had to happen to make him snap like that, I agree with macmum the economy times are so tough right now, its enough to make anyone snap, but he has to be held accountable for his actions,

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