ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Deputies are still at a loss to explain why a man shot his elderly parents at his home in St. Augustine before committing suicide.
The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office says, based on the medical examiner's findings, 51-year-old Gregory Testa shot and killed his elderly parents to death. The medical examiner's office says that Testa shot shot his 90-year-old father multiple times and his 87-year-old mother once before he turned the gun on himself.
Authorities say Joyce Testa and Raymond Testa both died from gunshot wounds.
Testa worked as a mechanical engineer at Carlisle Interconnect in St. Augustine.
He hadn't shown up for work in several days. Deputies went to check on him and that's when they discovered the bodies.
Neighbors tell Action News that Testa moved from Arizona to the home on Gianna Way last October to take care of his elderly parents who had been living in Daytona.
"It was one of those things where a young son had come to help his family," said neighbor Paul Cox.
"He seemed like a very normal kind of guy," added Cox.
Police say Testa was not married and does not have children. He is not known to have any family in the area, which makes the investigation even more complex.
Neighbors say that, since Testa moved here to take care of his parents, he clearly loved them and the shooting is odd.