THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - A Thousand Oaks woman is dead and her ex-husband recovering from a gunshot wound following a shooting at the Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks on March 17 shortly after 2 p.m.
Police have identified the victim as 29-year-old Parisa Siddiqi and the shooter as 33-year-old Thousand Oaks resident Kevin Crane.
Authorities say Siddiqi was shot and killed by her ex-husband, Crane, while she was working at a retail store inside the mall.
Crane then turned the gun on himself after shooting Siddiqi but survived his suicide attempt, according to police. He's being treated at a local hospital where he remains in critical condition.
There was one previously reported case of domestic violence involving crane and Siddiqi, according to investigators. Deputies were called out to a home in Thousand Oaks to investigate the incident and discovered that Siddiqi suffered minor injuries after Crane hit her during an argument, police say.
Crane was arrested for felony domestic battery at the time and booked into jail. Deputies also seized a Glock .40-caliber handgun. The gun was not used in the domestic argument between the couple, police say.
Investigators also say that in January 2015, the Ventura County District Attorney's Office dismissed the domestic violence case against Crane because Siddiqi would not cooperate with investigators and could not be located so she could appear in court to testify.
The District Attorney's Office had also petitioned to have Crane's Glock confiscated, and in November 2014, a judge ordered the handgun confiscated, which at the time, was in possession of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office.
However, sometime after the domestic violence case against Crane was dismissed, investigators say he filed a Law Enforcement Gun Release application to the California Department of Justice for the Glock, and on March 3, 2015, Crane received a letter from the DOJ that he was eligible to possess the gun. Soon after, the gun was returned to him. That same gun was used at the Oaks Mall shooting.
The following statement comes directly from a Ventura County Sheriff's Office news release:
The property room staff was unaware of the court’s order to confiscate the firearm at the time it was returned to Crane. Detectives learned the DA’s Office received the order after it was issued in November of 2014.
A District Attorney’s Office clerk sent a copy of the court order via inter-office mail to the sheriff’s office. There is a record of the court order being received by the sheriff’s office in October of 2015.
Inter-office mail has no system in place to track the sending of documents. Investigators are working to determine why there was a lapse in time between the order being issued and the document being received. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office are reviewing the process and are taking steps to ensure this never happens again.
The handgun released to Crane was the only gun registered to him. It was the same handgun used to murder Siddiqi last Saturday.
Crane remains in critical condition with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.