Rochester shooting

Police in Rochester were investigating a shooting early Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, at a house on Sunrise Drive.

ROCHESTER — A city woman is expected to survive after being shot by her husband during an attempted murder-suicide Tuesday morning, according to police.

Emergency rescue crews were called to 2 Sunrise Drive at 6:39 a.m. after a 45-year-old woman reported that her 47-year-old husband shot her and then killed himself.

Police, firefighters and paramedics arrived at the home within minutes to find the man dead. The woman was transported to Portsmouth Regional Hospital with serious injuries.

Capt. Jason Thomas of the Rochester Police Department said they are not releasing the names of the individuals involved at this time. No charges are expected to be filed, but an investigation is ongoing.

“It appears to be a suicide, but the official ruling will come from the chief medical examiner’s office,” Thomas said.

Neighbors living across the street were shocked to hear the news.

Chris Stambaugh said he moved into his home diagonally across from 2 Sunrise Drive two years ago.

“We moved here because it is a safe neighborhood,” Stambaugh said.

Thomas said the couple’s children were not at home at the time of the shooting and will be staying with other family members.

Thomas said it is too early in the investigation to determine what triggered the violence. Detectives will be interviewing relatives and friends in the coming weeks, he said.

Thomas said police hadn’t received any reports of domestic violence at 2 Sunrise Drive before Tuesday morning’s call.

According to public records, the home at 2 Sunrise Drive is owned by Brian and Kristine Halsey.