A doctor who practiced in The Bronx was the only one of four victims to survive her estranged husband's shooting rampage yesterday at their former home on Long Island. 40-year-old family practitioner Haleh Mohseni is in stable condition and expected to live after her husband, 49-year-old Mohamed Shojaeifardshowed, showed up at the house his wife was moving out of and fatally shot Mohseni's mother, the couple's daughter and then killed himself. The murder-suicide rocked the quiet town of Roslyn, with the police commissioner saying, "It's very unusual that we have three, possibly four people shot dead."
Witnesses say that Shojaeifard showed showed up at the house yesterday morning and got in an argument with his wife when he spotted moving trucks clearing her things out of the home. The two had been separated for a year and had an impending divorce. He then returned with a gun inside a case and opened fire around 12:30 p.m. While most neighbors told reporters that the shooting came as a complete shock, the Post talked to one who said that Shojaeifard had been a menace to the family. The neighbor said, "He was really violent and kept the mother and daughter as prisoners. The daughter was scared to go to school sometimes because she came covered in bruises. He moved four blocks away, but he drove by all the time, stalking them. It was creepy."
After her grandmother, 65-year-old Batool Biraman, was pronounced dead at the scene, 17-year-old Mandana Shojaeifard was rushed to the hospital, but died soon after. The teenager had just graduated from Roslyn HS and was set to attend SUNY New Paltz in the fall. Another neighbor said that her father was upset about not seeing his daughter much since the separation, telling the News, "The only time he was depressed was when he spoke about his daughter. She played violin and was set to go to college, and it made him lonely that she was with her mother and not him."
Haleh Mohseni was first in critical condition after the shooting, but upgraded to serious but stable after surgery. She is a family practitioner at Essen Medical Associates on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx. A colleague of hers told Newsday, "She is beloved by her patients, and this comes as an absolute shock to all of us."