A Merced man shot his estranged wife Monday afternoon and then turned the gun on himself, the Merced County Sheriff’s Department reported.
Steve Mackey, 55, was pronounced dead at the scene inside his home at 2844 Village Drive in the Beachwood area in northwest Merced, outside the city limit. Nancy Mackey, also 55, was shot multiple times and hospitalized in critical condition, authorities said.
Sheriff Mark Pazin said detectives believe Nancy Mackey was shot as many as three times.
An update on Nancy Mackey’s condition was not available Monday evening.
Pazin called the shooting an “apparent suicide.”
The shooting happened around 1 p.m. Monday at the Village Green subdivision near Parker Drive and Village Drive in Merced County.