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Man accused in Staten Island triple shooting charged with murder: NYPD

Posted at 12:05 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 12:07:51-04

MARINERS HARBOR, Staten Island — A Staten Island man was charged with murder on Tuesday following a deadly triple shooting that killed a man and a woman who appeared to be pregnant, police said.

Phillip Moreno, 45, is accused of opening fire on three people inside a home on Grandview Avenue in Mariners Harbor, Staten Island Monday evening, police said.

Cops who were called to the home around 5 p.m. found the bodies of 46-year-old Alafia Rodriguez and 33-year-old Ana Desousa inside the living room. The pair lived in the home, officials said.

Rodriguez and Desousa were shot multiple times and first responders pronounced them dead at the scene, according to the NYPD. The Office of the Medical Examiner will determine if Desousa was pregnant.

A 43-year-old woman was also found in the home with a gunshot wound to her torso, police said. She was rushed to Richmond University Medical Center, where she underwent surgery Monday night.

Police caught Moreno with a 22 caliber, semi-automatic Ruger as he was leaving the home and took him into custody, according to the NYPD.

Officers also found an uninjured 1-year-old girl in the home, officials said. She was taken to a hospital for evaluation. It was unclear if she is related to any of the victims or the suspect.

Narcotics and drug paraphernalia were found at the scene. A silencer was also recovered.

Moreno was out on parole and has at least three prior convictions involving illegal use or possession of firearms.

He was charged with two counts of murder, two counts each of criminal use of a firearm, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm as well as one count each of assault, reckless endangerment and acting in a manner injurious to a child, police said.