At least two people, and man and his pregnant girlfriend, were killed in a triple shooting on Staten Island, the NYPD said, with a man in police custody.
The shooting occurred just after 5 p.m. inside a home on Grandview Drive in the Mariners Harbor neighborhood, fire officials said. When first responders arrived at the scene, three victims were found with gunshots wounds, according to police.
Two of those people, 46-year-old Alafia Rodriguez and 33-year-old Ana Desousa, were both pronounced dead. The two were dating and living together, police said, and it is believed Desousa was pregnant. A 45-year-old woman was taken to the hospital after being shot in the torso, the NYPD said. She was in serious but stable condition.
A 1-year-old girl was also found at the house, but she was unharmed.
A 45-year-old man, Phillip Moreno, was taken into custody after officers found him attempting to leave the scene as they arrived, according to police. He was found with a semi-automatic gun in his possession, along with a silencer. Moreno was out on parole, and has at least three prior convictions for weapons and assault charges, police said.
A motive for the shooting was not immediately clear, but police said that "narcotics and narcotics paraphernalia" were found in the house. Charges are sill pending against Moreno, and an investigation is ongoing.
Police sources tell NBC New York that Moreno had been on parole after serving 14 years in Sing Sing for the 1992 killing of Theodis Watson in the Mariners Harbor Houses when he was 17.
Moreno was released from Green Haven three years ago for criminal possession of a controlled substance. His arrest record boasts 6 priors—5 of which are felonies, law enforcement sources said.