A man and his pregnant girlfriend were shot dead while their two-year-old daughter was nearby and another woman was wounded in a home invasion on Staten Island on Monday afternoon.
The New York Police Department detained a Staten Island man in connection with the fatal shooting of Alafia Rodriguez, 46, and his girlfriend, Ana DeSousa, 33.
Philip Moreno, 43, an ex-convict from Port Richmond, was taken into custody by police as he was leaving the home at 376 Grandview Avenue just after 5pm, according to
Determine are trying to determine if the home invasion was drug-related.
Alafia Rodriguez, 46, and his girlfriend, Ana DeSousa, 33, were found shot dead with multiple gunshot wounds in their Staten Island home on Monday afternoon
The couple, who had been together for three years, had a two-year-old daughter who was found in the home unharmed
DeSousa was believed to have been pregnant at the time she was killed, according to police
Police found a .22-caliber semi-automatic Ruger handgun in his possession, according to
Investigators also discovered a silencer at the location.
Officers responded to reports of gunshots fired from inside the home.
When police arrived, they found the bodies of Rodriguez and DeSousa on the floor in the living room,
Both were pronounced dead at the scene after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds, according to investigators.
The couple’s daughter, Blue, is seen left with her father in this undated file photo
Rodriguez and DeSousa are seen in the above undated file photo
DeSousa was believed to have been pregnant, according to police. The two had been dating for some three years, according to reports.
A two-year-old girl believed to be the couple’s daughter, Blue, was found uninjured inside the home. She was rushed to a nearby hospital.
An unidentified 43-year-old woman was shot in the back, though she is expected to survive.
The woman was rushed to Richmond University Medical Center in the West Brighton section of Staten Island, according to police.
She was listed in critical condition after undergoing emergency surgery on Monday night.
Police said that narcotics and drug paraphernalia were found inside the home (seen above)
Charges are pending against a person of interest who was found to have a .22-caliber semi-automatic Ruger handgun (above)
Moreno, the suspect, has a lengthy criminal history.
He spent 14 years in the maximum-security Sing Sing Correctional Facility after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the 1992 shooting death of 22-year-old Theodis Watson.
He has also been arrested and sentenced for various weapons and drug offenses.
Moreno was released on parole in 2017, according to authorities. He was friends with Rodriguez on Facebook.
‘The situation at this point is fluid,’ Moreno’s attorney, Mark Fonte said. ‘I have shut down the interrogation of my client. My office is attempting to assess the facts and determine what happened.’
Investigators are still trying to determine the motive of the shootings.
Police said they discovered narcotics – reportedly crack cocaine – and drug paraphernalia inside the home.
Rodriguez’s former defense attorney and friend Mario Galluci told the
Rodriguez reportedly had a history of past drug-related arrests, but according to Galluci, he had turned his life around.
The lawyer, who according to the
Rodriguez’s mother, Cheryl, told the Daily News that her son and his girlfriend were wonderful parents.
‘Everything they did was about their kids. We’re heartbroken,’ she told the paper.