MANCHESTER, NH (CBS/AP) — A man and his 9-year-old son are dead after the Manchester father opened fire Sunday morning inside the city’s YWCA, law enforcement officials said.
Police were called to the Concord Street YWCA around 10:11 a.m.
The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office reported Muni Savyon, 54, of Manchester, shot Joshua Savyon, 9, of Amherst, multiple times then shot himself to death.
Savyon and the boy were in the family visitation center on the second floor of the building before the shooting, the AG’s office reported, adding a counselor who was with them was not harmed in the incident. Officers discovered the bodies of Muni and Joshua Savyon inside a room at the visitation center.
Muni Savyon arrived at the YWCA at 9:30 a.m. for a one-hour supervised visit with his son, the AG reported. Partway through the visitation, Savyon armed himself with a handgun, shot his son several times, then turned the gun on himself, according to the AG.
Autopsies will be conducted Monday to determine the exact cause and manner of death.
The father sent an email to a friend suggesting he was suicidal before the shootings, said Rabbi Levi Krinsky of Chabad Lubavitch in Manchester. Krinsky said Savyon had been depressed after recently returning from his brother’s funeral in Israel, but Krinsky said he had seen Savyon last week and had no concerns he would harm himself or someone else.
“What would provoke him to take his life and his son’s life? I don’t think anyone can figure that out,” said Krinsky, who added Savyon attended synagogue occasionally. “My heart goes out to the family.”
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports