MCCANDLESS, Pa. (KDKA) – A husband and wife are dead after they were found shot behind a dumpster at an apartment complex in McCandless.

Officers arrived at The Club At North Hills Apartment Homes on Duncan Avenue shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday to find a 23-year-old man already dead from at least one gunshot wound. A 25-year-old woman was also found shot in the face.

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The woman was gasping for air, a witness said, and was taken to a hospital in critical condition. She died just before 10 a.m., according to a statement from the Allegheny County Police Department.

Investigators determined the two victims were married and didn’t live at the apartment complex where the shooting happened, Allegheny County police said.

The woman was identified by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner as Molly Beardsley. Her husband hasn’t been identified yet.

Ryan Giernacky, who lives at the complex, was going for a coffee when he made the disturbing discovery. He said he heard some sort of gasping from behind the dumpster.

“I saw her leg with her boot. I navigated around the fence and saw she was bleeding from the face,” Giernacky said.

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No one else is involved in the shooting, investigators said.

“I was in shock,” Giernacky said. “Honestly, because there’s a Home Goods right here, and I live right on the corner there. Just knowing something happened 30 feet from your door, it’s insane right?”

Officers have not said who pulled the trigger or what led up to the shooting.

“I was gazing over and was wondering what was happening. I was shocked to hear what it was it actually was,” shopper Neal Panza said.

Anyone with information is being asked to call the Allegheny County Police Tip Line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS.

“That’s just a terrible, terrible, tragic event and nobody wants it at any point, especially the holidays,” Panza said.

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