PATERSON, N.J. – Authorities have announced an arrest in the death of a New Jersey woman who was eight months pregnant and gave birth to a healthy baby before she died of gunshots last week.
Passaic County prosecutors and Paterson police say Donqua Thomas, 30, of Paterson surrendered to authorities Saturday and was charged with first-degree murder and second-degree weapons counts.
Officials said the baby was healthy and in stable condition; they haven’t specified whether the child is a boy or a girl.
Authorities have said the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute. They allege that Thomas waited in a vehicle for more than an hour and a half near the victim’s residence, and when she arrived and got out of her car, he shot her multiple times and drove off.
It’s unclear if Thomas has an attorney; a message was left Sunday at a number listed in his name.
Authorities say 100 shootings so far this year in Paterson have killed two dozen people and wounded another 118 people.