PUBLISHED: 15:54 EST, 26 May 2012 | UPDATED: 18:50 EST, 26 May 2012
Suspect: Police are hunting for Thomas Lamont Moton after he allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend
A woman was shot dead by her boyfriend at her daughter’s eighth grade graduation, according to police.
Takesha Barnes was with family members at Westview High School in Avondale, Arizona for the ceremony on Friday afternoon.
She had run from the hall to her car after being told that her long term boyfriend Thomas Lamont Moton was on his way to the graduation.
Moton allegedly arrived, pulled up alongside her car and fired several shots through her window, hitting her in the stomach.
The 33-year-old mother-of-three was flown to hospital in a critical condition and later died from her injuries.
The school was packed with students, parents and teachers when the shooting took place in the parking lot.
MsBarnes’ daughter was pulled from the graduation ceremony and taken outside, a witness told My Fox Phoenix, and the venue was placed on lock down.
Another said the gun belonged to Ms Barnes and had been stolen several days earlier.
Scene: Westview High School in Avondale, Arizona, where Barnes’ daughter’s graduation was happening
Parking lot: Barnes was in her car when she was shot through the window several times
38-year-old Moton fled the scene on a black 250cc Kawasaki Ninja Motorcycle, Avondale Police believe.
Officers are hunting for him, with the assistance of the Phoenix Police Department and the U.S. Marshals.
He is considered armed and dangerous. Police said the couple had a history of domestic violence.