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Brothers dead in apparent murder-suicide


A dispute between brothers over the family business in New Haven has turned deadly, according to the New Haven Police Department.

Police said a man shot his brother to death in front of his business and then went to their parents' home and took his own life.

Around 7:45 a.m., New Haven police said they were sent to Electrix, Inc. at 45 Spring St. after receiving word of gunfire in the area from employees of the business. Police said they arrived at the scene and said Gordon Shwisha, 45, was found fatally shot several times inside his jeep.

"Gordon was one of the best," said his neighbor Toby Entwistle. "We've got some great neighbors here, it's so sad to hear story like this because he was such a great guy."

Shwisha was the owner of the business, which specialized in lighting.

"We're very surprised because Gordon was magnificent person," said Electrix Employee Carmen Negro, who waited in the company parking lot during the investigation. "He was a very good boss. I don't know."

Around 8:30 a.m., Westport police said they received a 911 call from a Rustic Lane home reporting that their son had just shot himself in their kitchen and they were not sure if he was breathing.

Emergency officials arrived at the home, and while they were treating the man, Westport police said they were notified by New Haven police about a homicide in that city, and the man responsible may have been heading to a home on Rustic Lane.

The gunshot victim, identified as Daniel Shwisha, 47, of Woodbridge, was pronounced dead at 9:17 a.m.

Employees at the company were shocked the ongoing dispute ended this way.

"They were having an indifference between one another," said employee Carmen Negro. "One day, he was no longer in the factory."

Employees said Gordon fired his brother within this past year.

A neighbor of Gordon's told Eyewitness News there was friction between the two brothers over the business and money. Employees also said Daniel Shwisha managed differently than Gordon.

"He was a little bit not easy to work with," Negro said. "He was more strict with us."

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