Criminal history of suspect in shooting death of 2-year-old

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A 2-year-old was shot and killed Monday night at a home on Meadowbrrok Drive.

Marquie Gunter is charged with murder in the death of Ja’ziah Pollard.

Gunter is in jail at the Webster Detention Center.

“I heard six shots.”

This neighbor who did not want to be on camera says she was home Tuesday night when she heard arguing followed by gunfire.

“I told my babies to get down in the corner and put a pillow over their head because a bullet don’t know nobody.”

Wednesday, investigators were back at the home marquie gunter shared with jackqueline ingram on the 29-hundred block of meadowbrook drive.

Police say the argument over the car turned violent when Gunter grabbed a gun and fired several shots at the car.

That’s when Ingram ran into the house.

They say Gunter kicked open the door and fired into the home, hitting two-year-old Ja’ziah in the head.

She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

“People don’t really understand that when your shooting a gun you don’t necessarily know where that bullet is going to go.”

Marquie Gunter is no stranger to law enforcement.

He has previous convictions of child molestation for having sex with an underage girl, as well as criminal damage to property related to a shootout that damaged some cars.

As a convicted child molstestor and registered sex offender, Gunter was not allowed to live with children.

“As those phases continue, as the cycle continues, it gets worse and worse everytime.”

Safehomes Executive Director Aimee Hall says domestic violence cases like these typically have warning signs that victims are blind to. 

“A lot of times when we think of domestic violence we think of only the physical injuries but there is so much more to that,” says Hall. “There is intimidation, isolation,and  name calling.”

Gunter remains in jail, facing murder, aggravated assault, criminal damage to property and weapons charges, while Ja’ziah’s family grieves the loss of the little girl who just turned two last week.

No word on when Gunter will be in court to answer to those charges.

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