A gunman shot a woman to death and wounded two men at a tire shop, then apparently killed himself, police said.
Officers responding to reports of a shooting went to the Tire Pros shop at about 7:30 am yesterday and found a "chaotic" scene, Sgt David Livingstone said. People were found lying in the office and garage, and all the victims were employees or customers, he said.
The gunman was found dead at the scene of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, Livingstone said. Ventura County deputy medical examiner Michael Tellez said the gunman was Robert Becerra, 29.
Livingstone identified the woman who died as Susan Sutcliffe, 53.
Albert Ramirez, 20, was in serious condition after surgery for a stomach wound, Simi Valley Hospital spokesman Jeremy Brewer said. Henry John Heeber IV, 37, was in fair condition with gunshot wounds in both arms, Brewer said.
Livingstone said a gun was found at the scene but he could not confirm if it was used in the slayings.
Simi Valley is about 56 kilometres west of Los Angeles. The city of 100,000 is often classified as one of the safest cities for its size in the country based on crime reports, and is home to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.