Tragedy just as the holiday season kicks off. A 71-year-old man has shot a 64-year-old woman and then fatally turned the gun on himself in Meridian this morning. 

According to KTVB, the woman had moved out of the house a couple weeks ago that she had shared with the unidentified 71-year-old man along Thornwood Way in Meridian.

A family member says when the woman came back to retrieve some of her belongings this morning he lured her into a room where an argument ensued and then several shots were fired.

Upon arrival, the man who appeared to have a self-inflicted gunshot wound died at the scene while the woman is being treated for life-threatening injuries.

Evidence at the scene shows the man shot the woman with a .45 caliber handgun before killing himself.

The woman is currently in surgery. We'll keep you updated as this story develops, but please keep everyone affected by this terrible turn of events in your thoughts and prayers.