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Man charged with murder after fatal shooting of child's mother

Watkins is expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday.
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MINNEAPOLIS — A Minneapolis man has been charged with murder after the fatal shooting of his child's mother Thanksgiving night.

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office said Randall Watkins, 41, is charged with one count of second-degree murder in relation to the death of 27-year-old Raven Gant.

Squads were dispatched to the 2600 block of James Avenue North after someone called 911 and requested an ambulance. When pressed for more information, the caller said there had been a shooting. 

Watkins was at the door when police arrived and was arrested by police.

When police entered the home, they saw a two-year-old girl and asked her where her mother was, and the girl said her mother was on the floor, according to the criminal complaint. 

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Police found Gant lying on her back and attempted lifesaving measures but she died, according to the criminal complaint. 

Gant's father arrived and told police she had called him saying Watkins was not letting her leave the house, the complaint states.

Witnesses told police that Gant had been trying to get away from Watkins, which resulted in him beating her. 

Gant's father said he tried to confront Watkins, but Watkins had a gun and shot him in the back as he was about to drive away, prosecutors said.

Watkins had taken all the clothes belonging to Gant and her daughter, told her he would give them back to her at 9:30 p.m. that evening, the complaint states.

Watkins is expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday.