Sandifer was transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office says. Police told WDIV-TV that before his death, Sandifer declared that the mother of his child and girlfriend, Shanitra Newson, shot him.
When officers arrived at the home, a 10-year-old boy was in the bathroom watching from behind the door, WDIV reports. The victim and Newson are reportedly the 10-year-old boy’s parents. A 10-month-old child was also allegedly present at the time of the shooting. The 10-month-old belongs to Newson, but the victim is not related, WDIV reports.
Upon further investigation, authorities reportedly learned that Sandifer got into an argument with Newson. The argument escalated and Newson allegedly fired a handgun, shooting the victim. She fled the scene after the incident, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office says.
Newson was reportedly charged with one count of second-degree murder and one count of felony firearm. According to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Newson was arraigned March 22 and bail was set at $250,000 with a 10 percent bond. She was placed on house arrest with a GPS tether, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office says.