Las Vegas police suspect rise in murder-suicides tied to economy; 5 cases so far this month

Police say murder-suicides are on the rise in the Las Vegas area because of a bad economy.

Las Vegas police say there were five murder-suicides from Aug. 7 to Aug. 20 for a total of 10 victims.

A gun was used in each case. In four of the five cases, the shooter was a man.

In one instance, a housekeeper found Donald and Barbara Romano, both 74, dead at their million-dollar Summerlin home. The couple, heavily involved in the real estate business, had been financially crippled by the recession.

In another case, a bystander was wounded.

The numbers of murder-suicides are apparently up, but no law enforcement agency keeps track of them. The FBI tracks homicides and health agencies track suicides, but nobody puts the numbers together.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com