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Apparent murder-suicide in the East Village leaves 2 dead

EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan — A man allegedly shot a woman in the East Village during the Wednesday morning rush then killed himself in an apparent murder-suicide, police said.

Shortly before 8 a.m., officers responded to a call of an assault in progress and shots fired at Cooper Square and Astor Place, police said.

When they arrived, officers found a 62-year-old man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and a 56-year-old woman with a gunshot wound to her torso, police said.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, while the woman was brought to a hospital and pronounced dead there. Their identities are being withheld until their families are notified, police said.

Video from the scene showed what appeared to be a backpack on the ground near a Citibike station.

Cooper Union said the shooting happened outside its Foundation Building and is unrelated to the school.

For hours, classes in the Foundation Building were canceled, but classes in 41 Cooper Square continued as normal, the school said.

Classes in the Foundation Building will resume at 1 p.m. Students are told to use the Third Avenue and Seventh Street entrance.