Double-murder/suicide suspected on Welby Road Terrace in Thornton (39-40)

Last night was a particularly bloody one in the metro area, with much of the carnage taking place in a typically quiet portion of Thornton.

The street in question sports the bucolic suburban name of Welby Road Terrace.

Three bodies have been found, and investigators believe they represent the tragic conclusion of a double-murder/suicide.

Photos, video and details below.

The first communications from the Thornton Police Department about the gruesome discovery came via the following tweet:

Later, the TPD offered more specifics. At approximately 8:49 p.m. last night, according to the department, officers responded to a call of shots fired at 9318 Welby Road Terrace, an address seen in the following interactive graphic. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."

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Neighbors told operators that they heard multiple rounds discharged, and the cops soon found they were right.

Officers had to force their way into the home. Once they did, they found one adult male and two female bodies.

Also present: a weapon.

The TPD notes that no suspects are being sought at this time -- a statement that generally means the shooter is believed to be among the dead.

Adams County coroner's office personnel are on site this morning along with the rest of the investigatory team. Thus far, no victims have been identified.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to phone the Thornton Police Department at 720-977-5150. In the meantime, here's a 7News report.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

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