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Brooklyn Man Accused of Killing Girlfriend Shoots Self Before Capture: Police

Eric McCormick is accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend in a Brooklyn apartment

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    A Brooklyn man suspected of shooting and killing his girlfriend in a Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment last week has been captured upstate after a brief struggle with police that ended with an apparent suicide attempt, police say. 

    Eric McCormick, 40, was taken into custody in Fallsburg in Sullivan County, according to police. He's accused of fatally shooting 46-year-old Sellis Gonzales in the head and torso in an apartment on Chauncey Street on Sept. 18.

    Law enforcement officials tell NBC 4 New York that McCormick sent his and Gonzales' two children out of the apartment to pick up food the night he allegedly shot her. 

    When investigators went to the Fallsburg house where McCormick was staying Thursday night, he barricaded the door to prevent them from entering, then shot himself in the torso, police said.

    McCormick was taken to a hospital in Sullivan County where he remains in critical but stable condition. 

    He's charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a firearm. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney. 

    Gonzales' brother told Telemundo Friday he "started bawling" when he learned his sister's alleged murderer had been caught.

    "Whenever people asked me what can I do to help, I just told them, 'Pray that he's caught,'" said Kirt Gonzales.