Cops: Man who killed 2 family members, self left note

August 7, 2009; Roslyn Heights, NY: Police at

August 7, 2009; Roslyn Heights, NY: Police at scene of shooting where a man shot 3 people, before turning gun on himself at 66 Elm Street around 12:30 p.m. The suspect arrived in vehicle, right. Photo Credit: Newsday/Photo by James Carbone

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The Roslyn Heights man who killed his daughter and mother-in-law and critically wounded his estranged wife in a volley of shotgun blasts before killing himself left a scrawled note to be found after his death, Nassau police said Saturday.

Detectives Friday found Mohamed Shojaeifard's handwritten, single-page letter in his car parked near the house where he opened fire on his family. A shotgun was also found, police said.

The note "was along the lines of, 'If I die, here's what should be done,' " said Det. Sgt. Richard Laursen. The undated note was not addressed to anyone and did not mention how he might die.

Sometime after 10 a.m. Friday, Shojaeifard, 49, went to the Elm Street home his wife, Haleh Mohseni, 40, shared with their daughter, Mandana, 17. The pair and Mohseni's mother, Batool Biraman of Greenvale, were working with movers, packing belongings in a truck parked outside.

After an argument, Shojaeifard drove away, only to return later and leave again, police said.

At 12:30 p.m., he walked through the open front door into the mostly empty home, carrying a tennis bag with a pistol-grip shotgun. A mover in a rear room told detectives he did not hear Shojaeifard say anything before he opened fire on the women, who were in a bedroom. He then fatally shot himself.

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Biraman, 66, died in the room, where police found five .12-gauge shell casings. Mandana Shojaeifard was pronounced dead at a hospital. Mohseni was shot in the abdomen and remained in critical but stable condition Saturday, police said.

Witnesses told police the arguments revolved around Mohseni and her daughter's move to New Jersey, but the exact nature of the conflict was not clear.

The couple were divorcing and had been estranged for more than a year, police said.

The assault-style shotgun used in the attack is marketed for self-defense. Nassau County does not require registration of such weapons. The gun found in Shojaeifard's car was a traditional shotgun with a stock.


Mandana graduated this year from Roslyn High School, where she was given an English award and a "Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." award at graduation.

A former classmate, Rom Bokobza, 17, of Roslyn, served with Mandana on the school's multicultural affairs council.

"She was very soft-spoken, but everybody in the grade knew her," he said.

A neighbor in Mohamed Shojaeifard's building in Roslyn Heights, Sharon Kahn, 39, said she last saw him shortly before 11 a.m. Friday entering his apartment. Normally calm, she said, he was then "very rushed."

"He was very sweet, kind," she said. "He was very friendly to a lot of people."

A neighbor of Biraman's who declined to give her name said Shojaeifard had been a doctor in another country but had been unable to pass medical exams in the United States.

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Mohseni is a family practitioner at Essen Medical Associates in the Bronx. She was born in Tehran, Iran, and attended medical school in Bangladesh, according to a medical directory.

Essen personnel refused to comment Saturday; attempts to speak with family members were unsuccessful.

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