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Source: New Haven police; MEGA

Mar. 23 2021, Published 1:18 p.m. ET

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 What started as a domestic dispute ended with a Connecticut man shooting his girlfriend dead in front of the couple’s 1-year-old daughter, police said. 

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Rashod Akeem Newton, 27, and Allesia Mesquita, 28, got into an argument while driving with their little girl in the backseat of their car just after 9 a.m. on Monday morning, New Haven Police Department Acting Chief Renee Dominguez said in a press conference provided by WFSB.

Newton then allegedly pushed Mesquita from the vehicle and fatally shot the mother of two, the television station reported. 

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“I thought it was a car backfiring,” Dara Norwood, who lives near the murder scene, told WTIC-TV. “So, I didn’t do anything. I was in my kitchen until I heard one of my neighbors yelled to call the police.” 

An extra-duty officer also heard the gunshots and ran toward the couple’s car, but Newton “turned it around quickly and raced away,” Dominguez said. 

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The suspect was later located and arrested on an unrelated active outstanding warrant for a first-degree assault charge, New Haven Police Capt. Anthony Duff said.

The couple’s little girl was unharmed during the incident.

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“Domestic violence is something we're always aware of,” Dominguez said. “It's always something we need to be paying attention to … you don't know what is going to be a tipping point and what is going to escalate to something potentially this tragic happening.” 

Newton faces charges of murder, risk of injury to a child and criminal possession of a firearm. He is being held on a $3 million bond. 


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