Elderly man who shot wife in hospital dies

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) - October 11, 2008 Toms River police said Charles Mason died at 1:25 a.m. Saturday.

Authorities said the 88-year-old Berkeley Township resident shot his 87-year-old wife in her hospital room at Community Medical Center at a little after noon on Friday.

Mason then turned the gun on himself. Police found him slumped on the floor in the room. A second patient sharing the room was unharmed.

A small caliber handgun used in the shootings was recovered.

Mason was airlifted to the trauma center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune after the shooting.

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