BRIGHAM CITY -- Blood mingled with water flowing from beneath an apartment door at Discovery Place alerted residents to a double homicide and suicide Friday at the independent living facility, police say.
James Hall, 58, used a .30-30 caliber rifle to kill his wife, Kathy Hall, 57, and their 35-year-old wheelchair-bound son, Erik Hall, before fatally shooting himself, said Brigham City Police Lt. Mike Nelsen.
The family lived in a two-bedroom apartment at Discovery Place, 360 W. 900 North.
It's unknown how many shots Hall fired or whether Kathy Hall or Erik Hall was killed first, Nelsen said.
The bodies of James and Kathy Hall were found in the apartment's living room; Erik Hall's body was discovered in a bed in a bedroom.
One of the bullets fired by James Hall punctured a water pipe in the apartment and triggered extensive flooding in a hallway at Discovery Place, Nelsen said.
It was water from the flood mixed with blood from the killings and a loud noise that sounded like gunshots that prompted residents to call police dispatchers around 11:55 a.m., Nelsen said. The Halls were dead when police arrived.
James Hall left a suicide note in which he described financial problems, Nelsen said, declining to comment further on the contents of the document.
The Halls had been living at Discovery Place since December and may have moved there from Ogden, he said.
While some residents elected Friday afternoon to leave Discovery Place, located on a quiet street in a middle-class subdivision, others decided to remain.
Counselors from Bear River Mental Health were made available to residents traumatized by the incident.
Stephanie Weeks, a janitor and resident at Discovery Place, told reporters outside the facility she was teaching math at her second job at Box Elder High School when the shooting occurred and was phoned by several upset residents.
Weeks described the Halls as a very loving and nonviolent family, adding their deaths are a "complete, out-of-the-blue" shock.
"They were very supportive of each other," she said. "They were very nice people."
Discovery Place, she added, has 15 apartments with all but three units occupied.