Police have launched an investigation after the deaths of three people in a suspected murder suicide in Northern Ireland.
Two woman and a man were found dead at separate properties in Newtownabbey, a large town north of Belfast.
It is understood that a man stabbed his mother and girlfriend during an incident on Friday night, according to the PA news agency.
The PSNI said officers were called to reports of a stabbing at a residence in Derrycoole Way at around 11pm on Friday, where a woman was pronounced dead.
A search of a second property in the Glenville Road area located another dead woman and an unconscious man, who despite first aid treatment also died soon afterwards.
Police have launched an investigation after the deaths of three people in a suspected murder suicide in Northern Ireland. Pictured: A police car outside a property in the Glenville Road of Newtownabbey, a town north of Belfast
Police and the ambulance service were called to the scene where a woman was found dead. Pictured: Police at the Glenville Road scene on March 20
Detectives investigating the double murder say they are linked and they are not looking for anyone else in connection to the deaths.
Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell confirmed police received a report of a stabbing at a residential property in the area shortly before 11pm on Friday.
Police and the ambulance service were called to the scene where a woman was found dead.
'As officers carried out further inquiries, they attended a residential property in the Glenville Road area,' DCI Caldwell added.
'An unconscious man was located in the property. Despite the provision of first aid, the man was pronounced dead.
'On searching the property, another deceased woman was located. While we have launched a murder investigation, we are not looking for anyone else in connection with these incidents which we believe are connected.'
No other details were immediately available.
Two woman and a man were found dead at separate properties in Newtownabbey. Pictured: The scene in Derrycoole Way on Saturday Morning. Detectives investigating the double murder say they are linked and they are not looking for anyone else in connection to the deaths
Sinn Fein MP John Finucane said the community is in shock following the double murder.
The north Belfast MP said: 'My first thoughts are with the family and friends of the women who were brutally killed last night.
'It's important to bear in mind that at the heart of this tragedy are grieving families.
'The local community are absolutely shocked and stunned by these killings.
'These brutal killings highlight once again the need to oppose all violence against women and the need for a Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy in the north.'
SDLP councillor for Glengormley Noreen McClelland tweeted: 'Such dreadful news from Newtownabbey this morning. Totally shocked and distressed to hear. Thoughts with the families.'
Pictured: General view of the scene at Glenville Road, Newtownabbey, showing a narrow road with police tape blocking the path
Police have asked anyone with information which may assist their investigation to contact 101 and quote reference number 2441 of 19/03/21.
Reports can also be made online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/, or by contacting Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org.