Suspect in fatal Avondale shooting arrested

AVONDALE, AZ - Police have arrested a man in the fatal shooting of a woman near Westview High School in Avondale on Friday.

Avondale police spokesman Reuben Gonzales said the woman, identified as 33-year-old Takesha Barnes, was shot multiple times in the parking lot of the school, near 107th Avenue and Indian School Road.

She was air-lifted to St. Joseph's Hospital in critical condition but later died.

Gonzales said that just before midnight officers conducting surveillance at an Avondale location saw Thomas Lamont Moton, 38, go into a residence. Moton was taken into custody without incident when he came out of the home and got into a vehicle.

Moton left the scene, near 107th Avenue and Indian School Road, on a 250cc Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle.

Avondale fire spokesman Ron Deadman said Barnes was in her vehicle when crews initially treated her.

Karen Eubanks with the Tolleson Unified School District told ABC15 that Friday was the last day of school for Westview High School, but an 8th grade graduation ceremony was to be held by Copper King Elementary School at the school.

Gonzales said Barnes was the mother of a student and had been at the school to attend the graduation.

The shooting stemmed from a domestic violence situation.

Moton was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on a charge of first-degree murder, premeditated. Other charges listed include discharge of a firearm at a non-residence, disorderly conduct with a weapon, and misconduct involving weapons.

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