KEY POINTS

  • The man was visiting his 89-year-old partner at a Rochester, New York, nursing home Saturday
  • The 83-year-old man shot his partner at the end of the visit and then turned the gun on himself
  • Police believe the man was "having a difficult time" dealing with his partner's "deteriorating condition"

An 83-year-old man walked into a Rochester, New York, nursing home and fatally shot his partner before killing himself in an apparent murder-suicide over the weekend, police said.

Albert Greer entered Wesley Gardens nursing home Saturday morning to visit his lifelong partner, 89-year-old Bernice Dubin, WHEC reported, citing the Rochester Police Department (RPD). Greer, however, shot Dubin at the end of the visit and then turned the gun on himself, police said.

The nursing home's staff responded to the room and performed life-saving measures, but both Greer and Dubin were pronounced dead at the scene.

At no time were any residents or staff members in danger, police said.

Dubin had been a patient at the facility for a couple of weeks, and her health was deteriorating, according to authorities.

"From what we are gathering, her partner was having a difficult time dealing with her deteriorating condition, and unfortunately, this was a tragic step that was taken," RPD captain Frank Umbrino was quoted as saying.

RPD's Major Crimes Unit is now conducting an investigation into the incident, a report by 13 WHAM ABC said.

Wesley Gardens issued a statement Saturday afternoon in response to the shooting.

"We thank the Rochester Police for their prompt response. We send our condolences to their families and loved ones," the statement obtained by WHEC said.

A similar incident occurred in Houston, Texas, nearly a month ago when a woman and her husband — both unnamed — were found dead from gunshot wounds in an apparent murder-suicide at a rehabilitation center.

The man was visiting his wife's room at NeuroRestorative along 9551 Fannin on Aug. 15 when nurses at the facility heard popping noises. The staff checked on the elderly couple, who were in their 70s, and discovered the woman slumped over in her wheelchair, while her husband was on the floor with a weapon nearby.

Both had gunshot wounds and had died by the time police officers arrived at the scene.

The woman recently had a stroke and was receiving treatment at the facility, which helps people with brain and spinal cord illnesses and injuries.

pistol-2515496_1920 Representation. Albert Greer, 83, allegedly shot his 89-year-old lifelong partner, Bernice Dubin, before he turned the gun on himself in an apparent murder suicide. Photo: Pixabay