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Children called 911 to report a violent domestic dispute at an Alden home where two people were found dead Sunday, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

Dispatchers directed the children to leave the scene, authorities said.

When deputies arrived at the house on the 1700 block of Sandridge Road, their repeated attempts to contact the people inside were unsuccessful. The deputies entered the home to find two people in their early to mid-40s dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

The Sheriff’s Office called the deaths “an apparent murder-suicide.”

The victims’ identities have not yet been released. Executive Assistant to the Sheriff Scott Zylka said the department is not releasing extensive information due to the confidential nature of the situation.

“More information regarding the incident will be forthcoming as the investigation allows,” Zylka said.

The house is on a residential stretch of road between Broadway and Westwood Road.

The deceased’s identities were being determined by the Erie County medical examiner.

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