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Police: Man who killed 2 was recently charged with rape

| Thursday, July 12, 2018, 11:12 a.m.

WATERLOO, N.Y. — Authorities say the gunman who fatally shot two people and wounded a third in an upstate New York village this week was recently released on bail after a rape charge.

State police say Thursday that 48-year-old Emerson Tohafjian, of Fayette, remains in custody at a hospital and faces charges in Tuesday’s late-night shooting in Waterloo.

Police say the women were shot after getting out of a taxi cab at one of the victim’s homes. Troopers say a man was shot at the same location. One of the women and the man died. Police say the wounded woman called 911 to report the shooting. She has been released from a hospital.

Their names haven’t been released.

Police say Tohafjian cut his neck and a wrist before being arrested Wednesday morning.

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