Magnolia murder-suicide shooter was retired Camden firefighter

MAGNOLIA, N.J. - September 25, 2013

Police say 66-year-old Henry Yip of the 300 block of East Washington Avenue shot his wife, 54-year-old Vicki Yip, then shot himself.

The incident unfolded around 7:00 p.m. Wednesday on the 300 block of East Washington Avenue.

Police initially responded to the East Washington Avenue home after receiving a call from a relative of the family to check on the couple.

A responding officer saw a person in the home then heard a gunshot.

Almost at the same time, police say they received a call from the home from an individual who stated he had killed his wife and was going to kill himself.

The relative who notified police had earlier in the evening received what authorities call an "alarming phone call" from Henry Yip and was concerned enough to contact authorities.

Action News is told Henry Yip is a former Camden city employee.

Earlier in the night, the neighborhood was placed on lockdown as a SWAT team moved in on the home.

Authorities tried to communicate with the couple inside, but were unable to do so.

Residents were kept inside until they were given the all-clear.

"The fire department came down and they were like 'get in the house and don't come out.' They made everyone get inside. For about 40 minutes, we were inside," neighbor Shawn Houlihan said.

Houlihan said she could hear police using the megaphone and saying, "Come out of the house with your hands up."

"I guess they tried to call because they said 'We just want to talk to you, answer the phone.' Then it got silent for a little bit and after that, we were allowed out of our house," Houlihan said.

The investigation is still ongoing.

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