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Authorities say a shooting that killed two brothers in Chaves County on New Year’s Day was a murder-suicide.

39-year-old Bud Littleton of Roswell and 48-year-old Anthony Croci of Hope were found dead just outside Roswell’s city limits Sunday after witnesses called to report a shooting.

When Chaves County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at the scene, they found one of the brothers lying in a vehicle and another lying nearby. Both men had suffered gunshot wounds.

Croci was alive when first responders arrived at the scene. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died from what investigators say was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Littleton was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.