Two Doctors Die in Murder-Suicide: Prosecutor

The Camden County prosecutor's office says the gunman shot and killed himself when police stopped him

The Camden County Prosecutor's office says Dr. Payman Houshmandpour, 32, was leaving to go to work at Virtua Hospital around 7:30 a.m Wednesday, when a former colleague was waiting for him in the parking lot of his condo community on the 3400 block of Avalon Court in Voorhees. 

The gunman, who prosecutors identify as Dr. Giocondo Navek, 39, allegedly went up to the car and fired multiple shots into the Audi, killing Dr. Houshmandpour, according to the prosecutor's office.

Police say they pulled over Dr. Navek a short time later on Centennial Boulevard, about a mile away, and ordered him out of the car. That's when officers say he shot and killed himself.

Investigators carried out a search warrant Wednesday evening at Navek's home ub Williamstown. They removed a rifle, a second gun case and other evidence.

The prosecutor's office says the doctors previously worked with each other at Virtua Hospital.

The mother of Navek's longtime girlfriend told The Associated Press that Navek blamed Dr. Houshmandpour for what she says was his dismissal from the program at Virtua.

Forogh Mozaffari says her daughter recently broke up with Navek.

A statement released by the hospital says Dr. Houshmandpour was a resident on medical/ surgical rotations, who worked at various Virtua locations.

Dr. Navek hadn't worked at Virtua for nearly 1 1/2 years, but the hospital hasn't commented on the reason.

Virtua Hospital says they are addressing concerns of the staff and issued this statement to the families involved, "Our condolences are extended to the families of both men during this very tragic situation." 

Neighbors tell NBC10 they believe the two doctors had issues with each other when they worked together at Virtua.

One neighbor described what he heard. "The first two shots were like a second after each other, and then he just unloaded like 4 or 5 more shots just like instantaneously --bang, bang, bang, bang, bang. Yeah, there's bullet holes on both sides of the car, passenger and driver side, window shattered everywhere. The guy just went haywire, that's what it sounded like anyway you know, he was on a mission," said Ron Gorman, neighbor.

Dr. Houshmandpour was married with a young child, according to neighbors.

Police are investigating what led to the shooting.

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