Woman is shot dead at Simi Valley tire shop

first_imgWitnesses said Sutcliffe was sitting in a chair in front of the tire shop reading when the gunman shot her in the face, according to the Ventura County Star. Livingstone told the Los Angeles Times that police were ruling out robbery and instead focusing their investigation on possible personal motives. Dani Alley, who lives near the tire shop, said she went to the shop to investigate the commotion after the shooting, and saw officials covering the woman’s body with a sheet. Simi Valley Hospital officials identified the wounded as Henry John Heeber IV, 37, and Albert Ramirez, 20. Ramirez was listed in serious condition after surgery for a stomach wound, hospital spokesman Jeremy Brewer said. Heeber was treated for gunshot wounds in both arms, and was in fair condition, Brewer said. Heeber was franchise owner of the tire shop, Stephan Longo, director of marketing for Am-Pac/Tire Pros, told the Times. “We have no idea who this gunman was,” Longo said. “This was not a disgruntled employee.” Livingstone said a gun was found, but he could not confirm whether it was used in the slaying. The tire shop is on a corner lot with a parking lot in front. There was a trail of blood between the tire shop and a shop 100 feet away. Simi Valley is a city of 100,000 that is often classed as one of the safest for its size in America, based on reports of violent and serious crimes. Steve Martinez, an assistant manager at a Jiffy Lube shop near the tire store, said he heard gunfire in the morning. He said he assumed it was a car backfiring because he couldn’t imagine a shooting in the area.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityOfficers responding to reports of a shooting went to the Tire Pros shop about 7:30 a.m. and found a “chaotic” scene, with people lying in the office and garage areas, Sgt. David Livingstone said. Livingstone identified the dead woman as Susan Sutcliffe, 53. Police declined to identify the suspected gunman, who Livingstone said appeared to have died of a self-inflicted wound. Ventura County deputy medical examiner Michael Tellez said the other fatality was Robert Becerra, 29, of Simi Valley. Sutcliffe was also a Simi Valley resident, Tellez said. CRIME: Two are also wounded before gunman apparently commits suicide, police say. By Jacob Adelman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SIMI VALLEY – A gunman shot a woman to death and wounded two men at a tire shop Tuesday, then apparently killed himself, police said. last_img read more