A mother and her 17-month-old child are both dead today in what police are calling a murder-suicide.
Shots rang out at about 9:45 a.m. Sunday in the 4000 block of Old Bradenton Road, said police spokeswoman Genevieve Judge at the scene in a quiet neighborhood a few blocks south of the Manatee-Sarasota line.
Police identified the mother as Sarah Harnish, 35, and Josephine Boyce.
She termed the shootings "pretty tragic," as investigators combed the modest house for clues and sought to notify family members of the victims.
Judge said the child's father heard the shots when he came home from a scooter ride. Two shots were fired, Judge said.