Boyfriend Turns Self in After Killing Ex's 9-Year-Old

Police: Girl shot and killed in minivan in Davie, mother's ex a person of interest

By Amara Sohn, Brian Hamacher and Todd Wright
|  Friday, Oct 8, 2010  |  Updated 10:04 AM EDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
A young girl is shot and killed inside a minivan in Davie and police are looking for a person of interest.

A young girl is shot and killed inside a minivan in Davie and police are looking for a person of interest.

The man police suspect of killing a 9-year-old girl during an argument with his ex-girlfriend has turned himself in to Tampa police, authorities said.

Davie Police had been searching for Jody Gordon since Sunday morning, when he allegedly opened fire on a minivan full of people outside an apartment building on the 7300 block of Stirling Road.

Gordon, 41, had been arguing with a woman sitting in the van when he pulled out a gun. One of the at least a half dozen bullets fired hit Mayia Nelson, the woman's young daughter.

"Several shots struck the van, one of which struck a 9-year-old female passenger in the van in the head," said Sgt. Greg Gasse, with the Davie Police Department.

In a frantic attempt to flee, the woman drove to a nearby Publix, where she sought help for her daughter.

The girl was rushed to Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, where she later died.

Police said the woman filed a police report Saturday night after a domestic dispute with Gordon.

Gordon will be charged with first-degree murder and is expected to be transported back to South Florida to face formal charges.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Get Our New iPad App
Now optimized for iPad, NBC 6... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out