A mother fatally shot her daughter before turning the gun on herself in a murder-suicide incident that took place in Louisiana.

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office deputies arrived at a residence on Lane Street and Dupre near Mandeville on Tuesday and found the mother's body along with the deceased daughter, 23-year-old Brittany Buras.

The mother, identified as Tara Book, 43, called 911 at around 8:30 a.m. and told the police "she had just shot her daughter and that she was going to shoot herself," the sheriff's office said in a statement.

"The dispatcher then heard what appeared to be a gunshot," the statement added.

Authorities got the bodies removed from the house around the afternoon and sent them for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death, WGNO reported. The circumstances that spurred the murder-suicide were unclear.

Neighbors said the mother and daughter appeared to have a good relationship with each other, as per WWL.

"We lived here three years, they moved here about two years ago. We didn't talk too much but every time we saw the mom we waved, she waved back," Brent Raccuglia, who lives a few houses away from the murder scene, told the outlet. "Seemed like the mother was a caring mother taking care of her daughter. Something we never saw coming, never," Raccuglia added.

Raccuglia further revealed details of another suicide that was reported around five years ago in the same area.

"She (a neighbor) said it was that house, they had a suicide five years ago in that house," Raccuglia told the outlet.

St. Tammany Parish reportedly has a high rate of suicides. However, the numbers have dropped over the last few years, the coroner's office claimed.

"It really opens our eyes. We don't expect this to happen over here. We moved from the Westbank to be in a nice neighborhood, better schools, and it happens across the street," the neighbor added.

"Still mind blown about it," another neighbor named Lori Thomas told Fox 8. "We just don't see these kinds of things out there. Many prayers for the family. They seemed very nice, never hostile."

If you have thoughts of suicide, confidential help is available for free at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 1-800-273-8255. The line is available 24 hours, every day.

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