Two women were found dead, apparently shot, in the back of their Rockland County home early Tuesday, authorities said.
Police in Clarkstown are treating the case as a double homicide. The victims were found in a Lake Road home in Valley Cottage shortly after 7 a.m. Their identities had not yet been released, but the authorities said it was a 27-year-old woman and her 63-year-old mother.
"It's a very sad and tragic day in Rockland County," said county DA Tom Walsh.
An infant girl was also found at the scene, who thankfully was unharmed and was taken to the hospital as a precaution. She was found just a few feet away from the two women who are believed to be her mother and grandmother.
A neighbor told NBC New York that he heard two gunshots, but he thought they were fireworks or a car backfiring.
Authorities say the homicides appear to be an isolated incident and believe there is no threat to the public. A car associated with the address was later found elsewhere in the county, but police didn't say where or if any weapons had yet been recovered.
Clarkstown police were talking to a person of interest in the deaths, but did not release any information regarding the man, other than that he was cooperating with police and not placed under arrest. It was not clear if the man was related to either of the victims, or the infant girl.
Anyone with information is asked to call the detective bureau at (845) 639-5800.