A Florida elementary school student was online for her first day of school when her mother was shot and killed during the online class, police said. The shooting happened at a home in Indiantown, about 30 miles southwest of Port St. Lucie.
Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said that the suspect, Donald J. Williams, was taken into custody that same day and faces charges of first-degree murder as well as other felony offenses. Snyder said at a news conference that the girl’s teacher witnessed the child reacting to the shooting. The sheriff said investigators believe there was an argument between Williams and the girl’s mother, Maribel Rosado-Morales, who had previously dated.
Six children ranging in age from 10-17 were in the home at the time of the shooting. Rosado-Morales, 32, was shot multiple times and died at a hospital, the sheriff said. None of the children — four of whom are Rosado-Morales’ children and two cousins — were injured. Following the incident, Williams fled the home but was later arrested after a bus driver got suspicious and called 911. The sheriff said a gun was found in a bag on the bus and Williams, 27, “made a full confession.”
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