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Gunman Charged With 3 Murders After Returning To Scene, Shooting TV Crew, Mother And Child

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Police have released more details about what happened when a 19-year-old gunman returned to the scene of an earlier murder in Pine Hills last week and killed a news reporter and a nine-year-old girl.

Police said that 38-year-old Nathacha Augustin was fatally shot by 19-year-old Keith Melvin Moses at about 11 a.m. on Feb. 22 after the car she was riding in stopped to offer him a ride, the Associated Press reported.

Moses fled the scene after shooting Augustin but returned just after 4 p.m. while television crews were on the scene filming news reports about the murder.

But before he attacked a Spectrum News crew, Moses entered a home on that street and killed a little girl and wounded her mother.

The warrant for Moses’ arrest said that nine-year-old T’Yonna Major told her mother the suspect had come in through the rear door of the home, the Associated Press reported.

The girl’s mother said she woke up to her daughter yelling, “He shot me!” as she ran into her mother’s room and jumped on the bed.

The mother told police that was when Moses shot her in the arm, the Associated Press reported.

She told investigators that after she was shot, she barricaded herself and her daughter into the master bedroom until deputies arrived at their home.

T’Yonna died from her wounds at the hospital a short time later, the Associated Press reported.

Charging documents showed that after he shot the little girl and her mother, Moses left their home through the front door and walked directly to a vehicle belonging to the Spectrum News crew who was there to film a segment on the earlier murder of Augustin.

Police said he then opened fire on reporter Dylan Lyons and video journalist Jesse Walden.

A reporter and videographer from WFTV told investigators that they had seen Moses walking toward them with a gun in his hand and they filmed him as he fled the scene after he shot the Spectrum News crew inside their vehicle, the Associated Press reported.

Reporters from other news stations tried to perform life-saving measures but Lyons died, the Associated Press reported.

Walden was critically wounded.

Deputies found Moses in the area a few minutes later and took him into custody.

Officials said deputies found a Glock handgun in Moses’ pocket that was still hot, indicating it had recently been fired, according to the Associated Press.

Charging documents indicated the slide on the handgun was locked back with the magazine in it, consistent with the firearm being shot “until it ran out of ammunition and the slide locking to the rear.”

The warrant for Moses’ arrest showed that witnesses had been able to identify the gunman in a photo lineup, the Associated Press reported.

The suspect was transported to the hospital for evaluation prior to being booked into jail.

Charging documents said that Moses had refused to communicate with doctors or deputies at the hospital and had instead made faces at the camera and “made hand symbols of guns as he pointed the gun at his head,” the Associated Press reported.

When detectives attempted to interview the suspect at the sheriff’s department, Moses pretended to be asleep, according to the warrant.

Investigators have determined that Moses was acquainted with the 38-year-old woman he murdered that morning but said they have found no connection between the gunman and the little girl and her mother that he shot during the home invasion, the Associated Press reported.

Moses has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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