MANHATTAN — A Bloods gang leader was convicted of second-degree murder for fatally shooting the 30-year-old mother of his children outside a Harlem day care center, the Manhattan District Attorney said Tuesday.
Eugene Miller, 33, waited in the hallway of 15 W. 139th Street for Rosetta Ewell to drop off their two-year-old daughter early in the morning in July 2015. He confronted her in the hallway, shooting her twice in the face and once in her head, prosecutors said.
“Eugene Miller senselessly murdered his ex-girlfriend just steps from the daycare facility where their child was enrolled,” District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement.
“The daycare staff and children, including the defendant’s own child, were so close to the crime scene that they heard the shots. This gruesome shooting left three young children without their mother. I know this conviction cannot heal the wounds left by Rosie Ewell’s tragic death, but I hope it provides a sense of closure for her loved ones.”
Miller was arrested after he was seen on video fleeing the scene.
He was finally apprehended three months later while hiding in his aunt’s Bronx home.
The couple had a history of domestic violence and he was on parole in a federal case when he shot Ewell.
A ballistics test also showed his weapon was used in a previous gang-related shooting in Soundview.
Miller is scheduled to be sentenced in New York Supreme Court on June 28.
His lawyer was not immediately available for comment Tuesday.