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Second victim in fatal Bracebridge shooting succumbs to injuries

OPP have now identified both the male and female, who were both from Niagara Falls; investigation is continuing, say police

A second person has died following a bizarre "firearms-related" incident that occurred in a rural area of Bracebridge on July 27.

Bracebridge OPP say a 52-year-old woman has succumbed to her injuries. A male had been pronounced deceased at the scene.

Following the incident, Gosia Puzio, a media relations officer for the OPP, told OrilliaMatters she could not provide many details as the investigation was ongoing.

However, she said no suspect was being sought and said the incident may be "domestic related." She also said, to her knowledge, only one weapon was recovered in the wake of the shooting.

In a media release today, OPP say a port-mortem examination has been completed.

The deceased male has been identified as 56-year-old James Williamson and the 52-year-old female has been identified as Melisa Burton, 52. Both are from Niagara Falls, say police.

Investigators "believe this is an isolated incident and there are no concerns for public safety," she said.

The Bracebridge OPP Crime Unit is continuing the investigation under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch, in conjunction with the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario and Ontario Forensic Pathology Service.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bracebridge OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).