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Investigators confirm identities of victims of fatal Ashland shooting

UPDATE, 3:21 p.m.: Boone County deputies identified the victims in a deadly overnight shooting in Ashland as 42-year-old Travis J. Parker and 36-year-old Jessica Willits.

Deputies said they were dead on scene and both had gunshot wounds.

No one else was at the home and there is no threat to the community.

Investigators are not releasing the exact details of what happened until Monday’s autopsy by the Boone County Medical Examiner.

UPDATE: 5:15 a.m.: Ashland Police Chief Lyn Woolford told ABC 17 News the two victims are engaged and have lived in Ashland since about July.

Woolford said troopers, deputies and police officers tried to make contact when they arrived on scene but no one answered. They found the two victims shot dead.

Woolford said the sheriff’s office is leading the investigation into how the shooting happened. He would not say this was a “murder-suicide” but did say they do not believe there are any other parties involved and they are not looking for a shooter.

UPDATE – 5:00 A.M.: Ashland Police told ABC 17 News the two people killed by gunfire early Friday morning were a man and a woman.

When officers were asked to confirm details of the suspected shooter, the response given was, “the shooter is dead.”

Police would not confirm anything else about the nature of the deaths as of 5 a.m. Friday.

This is a developing story. Stay with ABC 17 News throughout the morning for the latest updates.

ORIGINAL – 2:00 A.M.: Ashland police confirmed two people were found dead after officers responded to a shots fired call just after midnight Friday.

ABC 17 crews on the scene report Boone County deputies, Ashland police and the Missouri Highway Patrol were all on the scene. The 500 block of Nickman Road is currently blocked off as law enforcement agencies investigate.

Ashland Police said there were no arrests they could confirm at this time.

This is a developing story. Stay with ABC 17 News throughout the morning for the latest updates.

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