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CHANDLER, Ariz. – A man in Chandler, Arizona is facing first-degree murder charges for the death of his wife, police say.

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The Chandler Police Department said in a news release that on March 14 just before 11:30 a.m., their officer learned of a domestic violence-related shooting at an apartment complex in the 2000 W. Frye Road area. Once officers arrived at the scene, they found a man, later identified as the suspect, outside the apartment with his four children. All of the children were under the age of 9.

Police say the suspect, Mohammad Alkurdi, 38, reportedly shot his wife to death inside their apartment, according to KTVK. He left her body in a closet in the master bedroom.

The woman died from a gunshot wound, police say, according to KPNX.

According to arresting documents obtained by KTVK, a neighbor called 911 after Alkurdi allegedly told them, “I shot her,” in reference to shooting his wife. One of the children also told the neighbor that his father shot his mother.

Detectives during their investigation learned that all of the children were inside the apartment at the time of the shooting, the news outlet reported.

Police say officers have been dispatched to the family’s apartment before for a domestic dispute, according to KPNX.

The woman’s name has not been released yet due to next of kin notification, police say.

Alkurdi is facing a first-degree murder charge, according to KTVK. Investigators are looking into additional charges for child endangerment.