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Clearwater woman killed, child wounded in gunfight between boyfriend, ex-boyfriend, police say

The ex-boyfriend, Lavaris Delapierre, was wanted on murder and armed burglary charges when he turned himself in on Monday, police said.
A woman and child were shot Sunday during what investigators believe was a domestic dispute at a Clearwater apartment complex, police said.
A woman and child were shot Sunday during what investigators believe was a domestic dispute at a Clearwater apartment complex, police said. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Jan. 9|Updated Jan. 10

A 25-year-old woman was fatally shot and her 7-year-old daughter was wounded Sunday when the woman’s current boyfriend and her ex-boyfriend exchanged gunfire inside a Clearwater apartment, police said.

The shootings happened about 6:30 p.m. in an apartment on the 600 block of Fairwood Avenue, according to the Clearwater Police Department. Nicolshia Washington’s ex-boyfriend, Lavaris Delapierre, was dropping off the girl when he got into a confrontation with Washington’s current boyfriend, Stacy Cross, and the two men exchanged gunfire, police said.

Washington and her daughter were both shot during the gunfight. Washington died later Sunday at Mease Countryside Hospital. Her daughter remained hospitalized at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, according to police.

Detectives spoke with Cross and were searching for Delapierre, who was wanted on multiple charges including felony murder and armed burglary, when he turned himself in on Monday, police said.

Lavaris Delapierre, seen in a previous booking image, turned himself in to police on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. Delapierre was wanted on charges of felony murder and armed burglary in connection to a gunfight in a Clearwater apartment that killed a woman and injured her 7-year-old daughter.
Lavaris Delapierre, seen in a previous booking image, turned himself in to police on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. Delapierre was wanted on charges of felony murder and armed burglary in connection to a gunfight in a Clearwater apartment that killed a woman and injured her 7-year-old daughter. [ Clearwater Police Department ]

Delapierre had a gunshot wound and was taken to Morton Plant Hospital to be treated before being taken in for questioning by police, the agency said Monday night.

He was being booked into the Pinellas County Jail, police said.