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Pensacola man behind bars accused of killing girlfriend
PENSACOLA, Fla. A Pensacola man is behind bars accused of killing his girlfriend.
Dearin Leggs, 28, turned himself in to police less than an hour after the shooting. He is now being held without bond in Escambia County Jail. Leggs is charged with first degree murder.
Police say Leggs shot and killed his girlfriend, 37-year-old Angela Covington. Covington owned Ann Maries All That and More, a clothing store at 2405 W. Cervantes St.
The store had recently opened. It held its grand opening July 7th.
Police say its a domestic violence related shooting. They say Leggs and Covington were arguing inside the store Wednesday morning. Police Chief Chip Simmons said Leggs then left the store and came back minutes later and shot the victim several times.
Keisha Jones said it was a chaotic scene moments after the shooting.
"It was like a movie, everyone came running to see what was going on. Police came from everywhere, detectives and everything, she said.
Police say there was a woman inside the store when the shooting occurred. The woman ran to a neighboring business and called 9-1-1.
A woman came out screaming her daughter got shot, Jones said.
Vivian Alexander was almost a customer at the store Wednesday afternoon. Shes thankful she decided not to shop there.
We were going to the store and we passed it and went to another store instead, Alexander said. Im glad I didnt go in there because bullets have no names.
Pensacola Police say this is the first homicide to occur within city limits this year.
I was deeply saddened to learn today that a young woman was tragically shot and killed by her boyfriend in a domestic violence incident this morning in the Brownsville neighborhood, said Mayor Ashton Hayward. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends, and our community will stand with them in the difficult days ahead.