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Man Dead, Girlfriend In Hospital Boyfriend Apparently Shoots Woman, Then Kills Himself

This correction ran June 5, 1995 in the story “Victim of shooting listed very critical”: Jim Simonsen’s name was reported incorrectly in Sunday’s Spokesman-Review.

A Spokane man is dead and his girlfriend is in critical condition at Holy Family Hospital after a double shooting in north Spokane on Saturday night.

Police would not confirm names, but neighbors said the man was Jim Simonsen and the woman was Simonsen’s girlfriend, Vivian Reynolds.

Police called the event an attempted homicide and suicide, but would release no details.

More than a dozen neighbors gathered near the couple’s house at 5118 N. Jefferson as police investigators searched the house.

“I’m totally shocked,” said neighbor Ken Swartfager. “You just don’t expect that. I’ve never seen anything leading up to that.”

Neighbors said, however, that Simonsen was a jealous boyfriend who had a temper.

Reynolds’ teenage daughter from another relationship, a seventh-grader at Salk Middle School, was apparently inside at the time of the shooting and called 911 from a neighbor’s house.

Police did not say whether the weapon had been found, but one neighbor who was at the hospital with the woman’s family said a .22-caliber gun had been used and that Reynolds had been shot in the head.

The man’s body had not been removed from the small home by 11 p.m.

Neighbors said the couple had moved in at least three years ago. They were involved in Block Watch and would take walks every evening with two dogs.

“There were finally some decent people down there,” said Doris Smilden, a neighbor. “We just feel so bad. What could’ve happened?”

, DataTimes MEMO: Jim Simonsen’s name was incorrectly published as Jim Simons.

Jim Simonsen’s name was incorrectly published as Jim Simons.