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Man charged in killing of his daughter's mother on Thanksgiving Day in north Minneapolis

A 2-year-old girl's mother was found shot in the back.

A killing on Thanksgiving Day in north Minneapolis has resulted a murder charge against a 41-year-old man. 

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced the charges late Monday, issuing a release that details the Nov. 28 killing by saying Minneapolis police responded to a domestic/shooting call and arrived at a home on the 2600 block of James Ave. N. where they encountered Randall Watkins at the door. 

Watkins was arrested, and inside the residence police found a 2-year-old girl in the dining room who told officers that her mother was on the floor. Raven Gant, 27, was found lying on her back in the doorway between the kitchen and dining room. 

Watkins, who said he is the father of the child, is accused of shooting Gant, who died just before 11 p.m. that night at North Memorial Medical Center. An autopsy revealed that she had been shot once in the left side of her back. 

Investigators learned that Watkins had taken all of the clothing belonging to Gant and their child, then called her earlier on Thanksgiving Day promising to give their clothes back if she met him at the house at 9:30 p.m. 

Gant's father informed officers that she called him at 10:08 p.m., saying Watkins wouldn't allow her to leave the house. He also said Gant had been trying to leave Watkins for some time, adding that Watkins had previously assaulted his daughter, according to the criminal complaint.

The complaint adds that Gant's father said he previously confronted Watkins about the domestic abuse, only to be shot in the back as he tried to drive away after realizing Watkins had gun.

If you know anyone that is affected by domestic violence, you can find more information on services available here, via the Minnesota DPS.

You can also call the Day One Crisis Hotline at 1-866-223-1111.

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