New Rochelle Police said a Manhattan man shot his daughter near the intersection of Station Plaza and Memorial Highway Wednesday morning, then turned the gun on himself.
Police Commissioner Patrick Carroll said Alfredo Monegro, 61, of Manhattan, shot his daughter, Miosotis Monegro, 34, in the neck and then turned the gun on himself. The shooting occurred around 7:55 a.m.
He said witnesses at the scene reported that Alfredo Monegro confronted his daughter, and, after firing one shot at her from about 3 to 5 feet away, kneeled, pointed the handgun at his mouth and shot himself.
"The father expired at the scene," Carroll said. The handgun was recovered.
Miosotis Monegro was taken to Sound Shore Medical Center, then was transferred to Westchester Medical Center.
Capt. Joseph Schaller said the daughter appeared to have been leaving for work.
"I don't know if he followed her," he said.
Miosotis Monegro had previously lived with her father, Carroll said, but at the time of the shooting she was living at the Avalon on the Sound with her two brothers, one of whom works in the apartment building.
Representatives of the apartment building referred all questions to the police.
A downtown business owner was late opening his shop when heard the gunshots and looked out to see a man and a woman lying in blood.
Sean Salazar, owner of , said he heard the shots coming from the Memorial Highway side of the building.
"It was very loud," he said. "You could hear it over the music."
After the two shots, he looked out and saw a man laying on top of a woman.
"You could see all the blood," Salazar said.
As soon as he saw that—along with people running the opposite direction—he came back into the cafe and locked the doors, only letting in customers whom he knew.
"I didn't know if the person was lingering and wanted come in and hide out," Salazar said.
"It was horrible," he said. "Generally, this is a safe area."
Salazar said he'd been in the neighborhood as a business owner for eight years. "I've never seen anything relatively close to that," he said.
Carroll, when asked whether business owners need to be concerned because of this incident, said thousands of people pass through the area to and from the New Rochelle Transit Center every day.
"Just because it happened at this time doesn't reflect on the city," he said. "Things do happen in the city."