Police have identified the woman who was shot dead in a busy mall and the ex-husband they say killed her before turning the gun on himself.
Parisa Siddiqi, 29, was slain around 2.17pm on Saturday in The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks, a wealthy city on the outskirts of Los Angeles, by her 33-year-old ex-husband Kevin Crane, cops said.
Crane survived after attempting suicide inside Paper Source, the stationary store where Siddiqi worked, and remains hospitalized in critical condition, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.
The couple had two young sons who were not present at the shooting, and have been found safe.
Siddiqi worked at Paper Source, the stationary store where she was killed on Saturday. Crane works as a realtor and said he was a a child actor for Disney and Warner Brothers
The couple had two sons, both of whom police found unharmed after the shooting on Saturday
Crane works as a realtor in Beverly Hills, according to state licensing records. His Instagram page is filled with photos of lavish homes and gifts of Dom Perignon for clients.
An online bio says that Crane has ‘close ties to the entertainment industry’ and ‘a star-studded client base’.
The bio adds that he worked as a child actor for Disney and Warner Brothers, including in the 1994 movie Little Giants, when he would have been about 10.
Although his name does not appear in the credits for that film, he may have been an extra.
Siddiqi filed for divorce from Crane in January of 2016, court records show. The divorce was finalized and the marriage dissolved in February of 2017.
Then in December of 2017, Siddiqi posted a holiday picture of herself and Crane with their children on Facebook. It appeared recent but she did not comment on the post.
Investigators found no prior history of domestic violence reports or restraining orders between the couple, and said they had found no criminal record for Crane.
Crane’s California realtor license record shows no complaints or disciplinary actions against him.
Crane said he had 'close ties to the entertainment industry' and 'a star studded client base'
In this bio for a former employer, which has since been removed, Crane said he was a child actor in Little Giants. Although he isn't in the movie's credits he may have been an extra
Crane posted this photo in 2016, captioned: 'Looks like we have another closing today. All cash and closed in less than a few weeks. Just in time for my clients to move in before Christmas'
On Sunday, friends expressed their shock at Siddiqi’s death on social media.
‘We have known each other for a long time and I will never forget your beautiful smile and your contagious laugh!’ one friend wrote on Facebook.
‘You were taken way too early and my heart goes out to your family and your beautiful boys in this time,’ she said.
The horror shooting unfolded on a busy Saturday afternoon when the mall was bustling with shoppers and employees.
Police said that Crane arrived at the mall around 2.10pm and walked directly to Paper Source. Siddiqi was shot multiple times.
The sound of gunshots sent shoppers fleeing out of the mall’s exits.
Autumn Montano, 19, was visiting the mall with friends when the the shots were fired.
Siddiqi is seen with one of her sons in a family photo. Friends were shocked by her death
‘All of a sudden we heard people screaming,’ she told the Thousand Oaks Acorn. ‘We saw everyone running toward the food court so I just freaked out.’
The assistant manager shut the gate to the store’s entry and customers and employees sheltered in the stock room.
‘My whole body was shaking and my heart was racing,’ she said. ‘I was really very terrified for sure.’
Jeffrey Simpson, 17, was shopping with his mother at a department store when an announcement came over the intercom about a threat outside the mall.
‘I went to Nordstrom to get pants, and the next thing I know, the doors are being sealed,’ Simpson said.
He said he and his mom were ‘a little shaken’ but OK. They were in the store for more than an hour but shoppers were free to move around and employees were helping people stay comfortable and calm, Simpson said.
Distraught and frightened shoppers were seen outside hugging after hearing gunshots echo through the mall Saturday after an ex-husband shot dead his wife at her workplace
Law enforcement officers are seen working in The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks, California on Saturday after Siddiqi was shot dead in the stationary story where she worked
The mall has both indoor and outdoor shopping areas. Police are seen there on Saturday
Matt Lemieux said that he was working on his computer inside a coffee store when he suddenly saw ‘a whole group of people’ running by.
‘It was creepy,’ he said.
By Sunday, all stores in the mall except for Paper Source had reopened, the Ventura County Star reported.
A printed note was taped inside the store’s glass door.
‘All of us at Paper Source are sadden(ed) by the loss (of) our beloved colleague and team member,’ the note read. ‘Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, and most of all her two children, through this difficult time.’
Police said an investigation into the shooting is ongoing and have not revealed a suspected motive.
Crane’s condition in the hospital remained critical on Sunday.
SOURCE: Daily Mail – Keith Griffith