CLIFTON - Police in Passaic County say a man shot his wife and then fatally shot himself on Christmas Day.

The Clifton couple was taken to a nearby hospital Tuesday, where they both underwent surgery. 

The husband died.  The condition of the wife is not known.

Authorities say the couple's daughter owns the house and lives on the second floor, but was not home at the time of the shooting.

Police closed off the street around the house Tuesday afternoon. The Passaic County Prosecutor's Office is investigating the motive behind the shooting.