Man Kills Estranged Partner in Fresno Murder-Suicide

by Alex Johnson /  / Updated  / Source: NBC News

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A man shot and killed his estranged partner Tuesday at a medical building in Fresno, California, and then committed suicide, police said.

The gunman was identified as Neng Moua, 43. The 34-year-old woman wasn't identified, and police said it wasn't immediately clear whether she was Moua's wife or longtime partner. They were separated and were in a custody battle for some or all of their five children, police said. All of the children were safe, Deputy Police Chief Pat Farmer told reporters.

Moua opened fire about 10:52 a.m. (1:52 p.m. ET) as police were responding to 911 calls reporting a domestic disturbance with gunshots at the building, police said. The address is home to several medical clinics, including a pediatrics clinic.

During the incident, dispatchers received a call from a 50-year-old woman who said she and her children, ages 14, 9 and 2, had locked themselves in an exam room for safety. They were rescued safely, police said.

Fresno City Hall and other nearby businesses were evacuated as police searched the building. They found the bodies of Neng and woman shortly after starting the search.

Farmer said police had encountered Moua once before, 11 years ago. Court records showed that he was investigated in connection with a domestic disturbance, the resolution of which wasn't immediately available.

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