3 dead, 1 critical in Roslyn Heights apparent murder-suicide

A man whose wife and daughter were moving away from the Roslyn Heights home where they had been living apart from him for the past year shot them and his mother-in-law Friday before turning the gun on himself, Nassau police said, in a bloodbath that rocked a quiet neighborhood. 

The man's estranged wife was the sole survivor of the shotgun blasts that took her daughter and mother, then the man himself, police said.

A neighbor, her hands still trembling in shock hours later, described hearing terrifying sounds as she walked by the street.

"I heard three shots," said Ambreen Saleen, who was on her way to a cafe shortly after noon. "I tried to go home and get my cell phone and dial 911. I'm shaking. It's terrible."

About 12:30 p.m., Mohamed Shojaeifard, 49, who lived in an apartment building elsewhere in Roslyn Heights, apparently shot his mother in-law, Batool Biraman, 66, of Greenvale; his daughter, Mandana Shojaeifard, 17, and his estranged wife, Haleh Mohseni, 40, who both lived in the same Elm Street house, police said.

Mohamed Shojaeifard then turned the shotgun on himself, they said.

He and Biraman were found dead at the scene. Mandana Shojaeifard was taken to Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, where she later died.

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