How Did 2 Brothers End Up Fatally Shot in Their Apartment?

Police say there are no suspects
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2017 4:37 PM CST
How Did 2 Brothers End Up Fatally Shot in Their Apartment?
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Mystery surrounds the deaths of two brothers whose bodies were found in their Huntington Beach, Calif., apartment Sunday. Police got a call from the apartment that afternoon and arrived to find Benjamin Ullestad, 25, and Brandon Ullestad, 22, dead from gunshot wounds. A handgun was found at the scene, and police "do not believe there are any outstanding suspects," per a spokesperson, but the investigation is ongoing. Police say there is no threat to the community, CBS LA reports. Possibilities so far include a murder-suicide or an accident, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Orange County Register reports it's not clear who made the "distressed" 911 call from the apartment, and notes that an "accident-suicide" is a possibility.

Neighbors say the area is typically quiet, making the incident particularly surprising. According to the brothers' Facebook pages, both attended Cal State Long Beach and Benjamin was a legal assistant at a Newport Beach law firm; both Facebook pages feature photos of the men shooting guns. Police found a June 28 receipt for a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun on a table by the door. Their mother also lives in the apartment where the brothers were found, but was in Tennessee when they died. (More shooting death stories.)

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