1 dead, 1 seriously hurt after shooting at Cape Coral home

Reporter: Annalise Iraola Writer: Nicholas Karsen
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The Cape Coral Police Department is conducting a death investigation after discovering one dead person and another injured inside a home.

According to police, at around 7:56 p.m. on Sunday, officers responded to a call regarding gunfire at a home located on Southwest Fourth Court.

“Upon investigating, they actually determined that the male shot the female and then turned the gun on himself, and he died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds,” said Lisa Greenberg from the Cape Coral Police Department.

Upon arrival, police discovered a woman with serious gunshot injuries and a man who was pronounced dead at the scene.

“They did find a note on scene that talked about the male and female ending their lives together,” noted Greenberg.

The man was identified as Joseph William Johnson, 88.

According to police, through their early investigation, detectives found that Johnson used a handgun to shoot the woman and then himself.

“The female victim made the call,” said Greenberg. “I do know that there were neighbors who were witnesses, but it was actually the female who initially made the call.”

The woman was transported to a local hospital to treat her wounds.

“There are resources out there. There is help available,” said Greenberg, “so I would just encourage anyone who may be having these dark types of thoughts to please seek out that help.”

WINK News spoke with Johnson’s son on Monday. While he is not ready to go on camera, he did remember his dad as friendly, outgoing and always trying to bring people together.

Police said the woman remains in the hospital.

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