Details emerge in Simi Valley double shooting

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Dusty Rose Court in Simi Valley's Wood Ranch neighborhood was cordoned off Tuesday as police investigated a double shooting.
Dusty Rose Court in Simi Valley's Wood Ranch neighborhood was cordoned off Tuesday as police investigated a double shooting.

Authorities identified a Simi Valley man who died Tuesday in a double shooting that also sent his wife to the hospital in critical condition.

The man was identified as Mohammad Hassan Heidari, 70, according to the Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office. His cause of death was determined to be a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death was suicide, the medical examiner's office said.

Catch up: 1 dead, 1 hospitalized after shooting at Simi Valley residence

However, police investigators were not ready to conclude Heidari's death was a suicide at this stage of their investigation.

"We just want to make sure what we've seen is congruent with what witnesses are saying," said Cmdr. Ritchie Lew of the Simi Valley Police Department.

Police officials previously said the shooting, which took place at a home in the 100 block of Dusty Rose Court in the Wood Ranch neighborhood, was likely the result of a domestic dispute.

On Wednesday evening, the department provided additional details, including confirmation that the man and woman were married and they both lived in the house.

Yellow tape blocked off Dusty Rose Court in Simi Valley Tuesday as police investigated a shooting that left a man dead and his wife in critical condition.
Yellow tape blocked off Dusty Rose Court in Simi Valley Tuesday as police investigated a shooting that left a man dead and his wife in critical condition.

The wife remained in critical condition Thursday morning, police officials said.

Investigators found a handgun and ammunition on the premises, authorities said Wednesday, adding there were no outstanding suspects or weapons.

Officers responded at around 8:20 a.m. Tuesday to the single-family home on a cul-de-sac abutting open space, located on the east side of Wood Ranch Parkway.

Both residents were taken by ambulance to Los Robles Regional Medical Center, where Heidari was pronounced dead.

The block was cordoned off by yellow police tape much of Tuesday, with police vehicles and detectives visible on the quiet, tree-lined street.

No additional details were available as of Thursday.

Simi Valley police detectives are continuing their investigation in conjunction with the medical examiner's office, the department said.

Jeremy Childs is a breaking news and public safety reporter covering the night shift for the Ventura County Star. He can be reached by calling 805-437-0208 or emailing jeremy.childs@vcstar.com. You can also find him on Twitter @Jeremy_Childs.

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