Lafayette police arrest man in shooting that killed mother, daughter

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A Lafayette man faces two counts of murder after his 22-year-old girlfriend and their 3-year-old daughter were fatally shot, authorities said.

Police took 27-year-old Devonta Lashawn Roberts into custody during a traffic stop after he drove away from the couple’s apartment — located in the 3000 block of Mount Court — late Monday, July 5.

Lafayette police responding to a 911 call just after 11:30 p.m. found 3-year-old Datoria Harris in front of the apartment. The toddler was airlifted to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis with multiple gunshot wounds and died just after 4 a.m. on Tuesday, July 6.

Police entered the apartment to find Datoria’s mother, 22-year-old Victoria Harris, dead from multiple gunshot wounds on the kitchen floor.

According to court documents, a neighbor told police they heard multiple pops from inside the apartment, then looked outside to see Roberts get into his car and take off in a hurry. Victoria’s 5-year-old son then walked to the neighbor’s apartment and took the neighbor to back to the couple’s apartment, where the neighbor found “Victoria on the kitchen floor with blood all around, and Datoria under her,” court records say. The neighbor the removed Datoria from the apartment and called 911.

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