A motive remains under investigation for a domestic violence related shooting that claimed the life of a Pensacola woman this morning.
Meanwhile, the suspect – Dearin J. Leggs, 28, of 1607 Gary Ave., Pensacola – turned himself in at the Escambia County Jail less than an hour after the shooting. He has been charged
with first degree murder and is being held without bond.
The victim has been identified as Angela M. Covington, 37, of the same address. Leggs and Covington were boyfriend and girlfriend, said Sgt. Kevin Christman.
The shooting occurred just before noon, Wednesday, July 16, 2014 inside Ann Marie’s All That and More, 2405 W.Cervantes St., a clothing store owned by Covington. Christman said Leggs shot Covington inside the business and then left the area in a vehicle.
A woman who was inside the business at the time of the shooting ran to a business next door and reported the incident. Police were then called.
This was the first homicide to occur within the city limits this year. The Gun Crime Response Team has been activated to participate in the investigation.
“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 ourcommunity will stand with them in the difficult days ahead.”