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Man arrested in shooting death of 21-year-old in Bronx public housing stairwell

Posted at 12:18 AM, Mar 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-28 18:57:09-04

UPDATED STORY: Man arrested in shooting death of Aaliyah Alder.

Earlier version of story below.

MORRISANIA, The Bronx — Police are questioning a man they believe may have information about who shot and killed a 21-year-old woman in the Bronx Monday night.

The victim, identified as Aaliyah Alder, was found about 10:40 p.m. Monday with a gunshot wound to her head inside an eighth-floor stairwell at the Forest Houses on Tinton Avenue, according to the NYPD.

Authorities said officers were called about reports of shots being fired. When they arrived, Alder was pronounced dead.

The victim did not live at the Forest Houses.

Police sources told PIX11 News on Tuesday that Alder had gone to the Forest Houses to settle a dispute with the father of her friend's child. A police officer at the scene tells PIX11 that man was slashed.

Late into the night, distraught family members and friends gathered near the scene. Condolences poured in for the young woman on Facebook.

PIX11 News' cameras captured a handcuffed man being taken away by officers. Police sources say they believe he knows who the gunman is but will not say.

Sources say there is surveillance video showing several people fleeing the building after gunshots rang out.

Neighbors say Alder was an aspiring model looking to turn her life around.

She had been arrested nearly 10 times for assault, grand larceny and menacing. Alder was looking to get back on track to pursue a modeling career.

Anyone with information in regards to this shooting is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Police at the scene of the fatal shooting in the Bronx that left Aaliyah Alder, 21, dead. (Anthony DiLorenzo/PIX11)