Police Arrest Suspect in Shooting Death of Two Women; Toddler In Serious Condition
Posted September 25, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT
WILSON — The search is over for a man police say shot and killed two women and wounded his young son Tuesday night.
Police say Keith Moore, 40, was captured in Goldsboro Wednesday evening after a chase with Goldsboro police that ended in a crash with another vehicle.
The suspect has been charged with first degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. The charges result from the shooting of Millicent Janella Daniels and Brandon Moore Tuesday evening.
Police say Moore shot his girlfriend 7:40 p.m. Tuesday when she tried to end the relationship. Daniels, 25, died at Wilson Memorial Hospital.
Wilson police responded to a call at Moore's mother's apartment on Diane Drive in Wilson. When they arrived, they found Daniels at the bottom of the steps. She had been shot several times in the head.
Police then found her 22-month-old son, Brandon, inside the apartment. He had been shot in the stomach. Brandon is in serious condition at Pitt Memorial Hospital. Moore is the boy's father.
Capt. Carlton Turnage with the Wilson Police Department says Moore's mother pleaded with her son to put down the weapon. He then shot Daniels.
"[Moore's] sister took the child, went in and locked the door. He broke the door in and shot the child inside the residence," Turnage says. Neighbor Robert Glover says he heard the shots from his nearby home.
"First, I thought it was a firecracker, and I said, 'No, that can't be a firecracker.' I looked at the clock and 30 seconds later, I heard three or four more shots together," he says. "I ran to the back of the house into my bedroom, and I heard some kids screaming in terror." -->
Police believe Moore then traveled to Enfield in Halifax County, where he fatally shot his ex-wife, Vanessa Maria Harris. They say Moore went to Harris' house, where she lived with her current boyfriend and three children she had with Moore.
Deputies say Moore asked to see the children, spoke with them for a few minutes, walked into the living room and asked Harris if she needed any money for the children. They say he put $20 on the table and then shot Harris three times before pointing the gun at Harris' boyfriend and leaving.
Moore had been on the run for less than 24 hours when police received a phone call from an auto body shop in Goldsboro. Employees at the shop recognized Moore after he signed a check to get his car fixed.
When Goldsboro police approached him, Moore got into his car and sped off. Police chased him until he crashed into another car and flipped his car over.
Moore was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital for minor injuries. Police plan to bring him back to Wilson to file charges against him.
Moore is no stranger to trouble with the law. Police say they had a domestic violence warrant on Moore, who was accused earlier this week of hitting Daniels in the face. In a simple search of court records, WRAL found 24 criminal cases against him.
There was an unserved warrant in August against Moore for assaulting Daniels, the woman he is now accused of killing. Daniels also withdrew charges of communicating threats in 1998.
Two other assault of female cases were dismissed against Moore when the women dropped the charges -- one of the women was his ex-wife, Vanessa.
Moore also has convictions for property crimes, embezzlement and traffic violations. From staff and wire reports andMichelle Singer