MARICOPA COUNTY, AZ. (THECOUNT) — Mohammad Alkurdi has been identified as the suspect in a Tuesday fatal shooting of a woman in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Alkurdi, 38, was arrested after killing his wife in an apartment while their four young children were present. Police say, he shot his wife to death and left her body inside a master bedroom closet.
According to reports, Chandler police officers responded to a domestic violence call at a Chandler area apartment complex Tuesday afternoon. When they arrived, officers said they found Alkurdi armed with a gun along with his four children.
According to arrest documents, a neighbor called 911 after Alkurdi reportedly told them, “I shot her,” referring to his wife as he was leaving the apartment and walking toward the office.
One of the children reportedly told the neighbor that his father had shot his mother.
According to detectives, the shooting happened with the kids, under the age of 9, inside the apartment. A gun was recovered from the scene and police said at least two shots were fired.
Arrest documents stated that Alkurdi has a history of domestic violence, including previously threatening the woman with a knife, reports kold.
Alkurdi purchased a gun over the weekend and bullets on Tuesday, the day of the shooting, court records indicated.
Alkurdi has been charged with first-degree homicide, and child endangerment charges are also possible, according to police.
Authorities haven’t immediately identified the woman killed as notification remains pending with loved ones in other countries.
Geo quick facts: Maricopa County is located in the south-central part of the U.S. state of Arizona. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated its population was 4,485,414 as of 2019, making it the state’s most populous county, and the fourth-most populous in the United States, containing more than half the population of Arizona – Wikipedia.