A compilation of daily news articles from around the United States about deaths (including both people and animals) that appear to occur in the context of a past or present intimate relationship, focusing on 2009-present. (NOTE: this blog is limited to incidents that appear in the media and are captured by our search terms. We recognize this is not an exhaustive portrayal of all deaths resulting from intimate violence.)
When is society going to realize intimate violence makes victims of us all?
Police were searching Wednesday for the boyfriend of a 27-year-old woman shot and killed Tuesday night in their North Philadelphia apartment while two children slept in another room.
Dominique Haynes, 33, was named by police Wednesday as a person of interest in the killing of Rasheedah Blunt about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday on the 3500 block of Old York Road.
Neighbors reported hearing a loud argument between Blunt and a man in the second-floor apartment before the shooting, Homicide Unit Capt. James Clark said.
A neighbor called 911 after hearing gunfire, Clark said. When police arrived at the rowhouse, he said, the man had fled.
Blunt, whom police found in her bed, had gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene, Clark said.
Haynes did not show up for work Wednesday and "hasn't been seen," Clark said at a news conference at Police Headquarters.
"We need to talk to him," Clark said. He did not say where Haynes worked.
Clark said Haynes and Blunt had been dating for six months and living together for three.
He did not say whether the couple had a history of disputes, but said Haynes was "very well known to police" and was on probation.
Blunt's 6-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old boy she was watching, son of a friend, slept through the shooting, Clark said. They did not wake up until police arrived. Clark said the children were unharmed and with family members Wednesday.
Blunt's family could not be reached Wednesday. A neighbor said Blunt could often be seen in scrubs walking her daughter to school.
Clark said Haynes should be considered armed and "extremely dangerous." Anyone with information about Haynes' whereabouts is being asked to call the Homicide Unit at 215-686-3334 or 911.