Woman dies after shooting

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FAIRFIELD (AP) – A 37-year-old woman died Saturday, a day after her estranged husband allegedly shot her in front of their 5- and 6-year-old children.

Rhonda Reynolds died shortly after 9 a.m. at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, according to Maine State Police.

Charges against Richard Reynolds, 40, of Waterville, will be upgraded to murder when he makes his first appearance in Somerset County Superior Court on Tuesday, police said. Richard Reynolds, who is now charged with aggravated attempted murder, is being held at the Somerset County Jail.

Police said Rhonda Reynolds had recently obtained a protection-from-abuse order against her husband and had moved with her three children into a house she was renting from her brother. Richard Reynolds was the father of the two youngest children, and the older child who was not in the house at the time of the shooting.

On Saturday, Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence demanded to know where Richard Reynolds had gotten a gun, since police had apparently confiscated his weapons in December and since he couldn’t legally buy a gun from a dealer with a protection-from-abuse-order against him.

“Maine legislators need to examine closely how these domestic abusers are obtaining firearms and put a stop to it,” said Executive Director Cathie Whittenburg in a statement. “There are major loopholes in our protection system that need to be addressed. We need to do more to protect the victims of domestic violence.”

After the shooting, Richard Reynolds took his children to day care before turning himself in at the Waterville Police Department, police said.

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