NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – It was a gruesome attack in broad daylight.
A daughter is fighting for her life after being shot by her own father, just steps from a Metro-North train station, reports CBS 2’s Lou Young.
“It looked like he was doing most of the talking and she was doing most of the ‘I don’t want to talk to you’ thing like backing as he was talking to her,” witness Renauto Sausottia said.
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He was describing the last moments before gunshots ripped through the morning air near the New Rochelle train station on Wednesday morning.
Miosotis Monegro, 34, was face-to-face with her angry 61-year-old father.
Sausottia watched the horror unfold through the windshield of the taxicab he drives.
“He just stopped talking, pulled out a gun and just shot her point-blank and then kneeled down in front of her, put the gun in his mouth and then blew himself away,” Sausottia said.
As police rushed to the scene they found the shooter dead and his daughter clinging to life.
The father, Alfredo Monegro, lived in Washington Heights, where police searched for answers later Wednesday.
New Rochelle police said the daughter was unmarried and lived with her father until a few months ago when she moved in with her two brothers in one of the city’s new high-rise apartment buildings. Police would not characterize their relationship except to say the father was possessive.
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“She appeared to have been leaving for work. We don’t know if he followed her or just confronted her,” New Rochelle Police Capt. Joe Shaller told Young.
The motive remains a mystery.
“The fact that it was his own daughter, you know, just processing that … I hope she survives. I hope I get to see her again one day walking around,” Sausottia said.
The witness said his first thought after leaving police was to get home and hug his children.
Miosotis Monegro is listed in critical condition at Westchester County Medical Center.
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