COVINGTON, La. -- Authorities on the Northshore say a man and his 2-year-old daughter were found shot to death in their home this morning.
While the Coroner’s Office has yet to release causes of death or their identities, investigators say they aren’t ruling out murder-suicide.
As detectives worked in and out of the home in the 72500 block of Carnation Street Monday morning, neighbors watched in shock.
Nicholas Casnave said, "Got up this morning, put the little boy on the bus, came back inside then later on somebody knocked on the door and asked if we heard anything. We haven't heard anything. We haven't see anything. Matter of fact, the little green truck hasn't moved in a couple of days."
But Sheriff Jack Strain says something did happen at the home and it resulted in two deaths, one a toddler.
"We have one white male and a 2 year old child whose bodies were removed,” he said, “It appears there were killed at close range gun fire."
The sheriff says the man is the child’s father and the child’s mother is the one who found the bodies.
He said, "At this point we have what appears to be a double homicide, but at this point we'll wait for the coroner's work to be done to make that proclamation for sure."
Neighbors say the family kept to themselves and hearing about this tragedy is very sad.
"I was like what happened,” said April Casnave, “I was surprised like and I seen the mom outside earlier and I figured something was going on because I never see them."
Makeda Singleton said, "Like waking up to somebody being deceased next door, it's crazy."
Now investigators are trying to sort out how this happened and why.
The sheriff says deputies have responded to the home before for domestic violence and mental illness calls. The Department of Child and Family Services would not comment on whether it had ever been called to the home.