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Updated: 11/22/2013 8:15 pm

PLEASANT VALLEY, New York- A pharmacist is suspected of killing his wife and two children, then himself in what police are calling a "senseless" murder-suicide.

Abbas Lodhi, 49, was found dead in a supermarket parking lot in his SUV on Thursday. A store employee discovered the man and his 9-year-old son Zain, who was found in the backseat with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Lodhi’s 13-year-old son, Mujtabah was found shot in the family’s Pleasant Valley home. The body of his wife, Sarwat Lodhi, 43, was found Friday afternoon, 13 miles from home on a roadside in Wappingers Falls.

Police said Friday Lodhi’s cell phone signal was found to be near his wife’s body at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday. They believe he first shot her first, and then his children, possibly with the same shot gun he later used on himself.

Computer files and GPS devices are being reviewed, but the investigation has yet to uncover a motive.

Lodhi owned a pharmacy in the Haviland Shopping Center in the Hyde Park area. He had been in the location for four years, but neighboring business owners told the Poughkeepsie Journal Lodhi sold his business just three weeks ago.

Melvin Lansing, owner of L&L Assembly next door, said Lodhi did not seem to be facing financial difficulties.

“He said he was in good shape financially,” Lansing said. “He made a profit on his house. He made money selling his business. He seemed happy.”

Originally from Pakistan, Lodhi and his wife immigrated in 1990 and became U.S. citizens.

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Information from the Poughkeepsie Journal

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