Crowded house may have prompted shooting deaths of husband and wife, police say

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Police say the couple, both immigrants from India, were killed by their son-in-law's father.

Two people were killed in a California home where police say tensions boiled over.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer says Darshan Dhanjan killed his victims suddenly and without warning.

"This individual walked up and without any provocation or any type of an argument or any type of a struggle, pointed the gun at the back of the head of the female, fired a round, then turned the gun on the second victim and shot him in the head as well," said Dyer.

Dyer says surveillance video inside the home showed each victim was shot within a split second of each other.

"What we have been able to surmise at this point is that there was a feud, an ongoing argument inside of the home, and part of that may have been the victims who were shot and killed yesterday had overstayed their welcome at the house," said Dyer.

The home is owned by the suspect's son, Danny Dhanjan. He lived there with his wife Jardeep, and their 4-year-old daughter and his father and mother.

The victims were his wife's father and mother. They had been living there for about six months.

The dead couple had just received their green cards last week, allowing them permanent residency. According to what the suspect told police, they were not willing to leave the home.

"The suspect in this case got upset over the fact the other couple was living there for an extended period of time and felt they needed to leave," said Dyer.

The suspect is alleged to have threatened his daughter-in-law with the gun. But she fled upstairs with her child and called the police.

The suspect also phoned his wife, told her what happened, and she called 911. He was pulled over a few miles away and taken into custody without incident.

Dyer says he learned the suspect had been making threats toward the other family members, and the family had a meeting and decided they were not credible.
But unfortunately, they were.

Dyer says the suspect, Darshan Dhanjan, purchased the handgun about three months ago.
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