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Man shoots, kills girlfriend, turns gun on self

A man shot his girlfriend to death, then shot himself in the head after fleeing to the nearby campus of Gonzaga University, police said Monday.

Tristen Jordan, 24, was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he remained in intensive care Monday. Hospital officials would not provide any details of his injuries.

Police said Jordan was their chief suspect in the shooting death of Samantha Franco, who was found bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound to the face inside her apartment early Sunday morning.

Franco’s mother called police to report her daughter was shot and said the victim’s boyfriend may have “done this to her,” according to a news release from police.

Franco was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

As police were searching for Jordan, witnesses reported shooting sounds from the parking garage under Couglin Hall on the Gonzaga campus.

Police found two cars that had been shot with a handgun and then saw Jordan near the McCarthey Athletic Center bleeding from a gunshot wound to his head. He was arrested after a short foot chase.

Police spokeswoman Jennifer DeRuwe said Jordan’s wound appeared to be self-inflicted. A handgun was recovered nearby, police said.

During the incident, Gonzaga campus security sent an alert to students through the Zag Alert texting and e-mail system.

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