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NEWPORT NEWS -- A man is charged with killing his girlfriend in the apartment they shared with her young daughters.

Aaron Harris, 39, allegedly shot Tynesha Barksdale, 34, in the face during an argument Tuesday night.

The children, ages 9 and 12, were in the bathroom of the Turlington Rd. home and heard gunfire around 9:55 p.m.

Harris was questioned and subsequently charged with murder, use of a firearm in the commision of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He is in the Newport News jail and will be arraigned Thursday, according to jail spokeswoman Kathleen Carey.

This is the 24th homicide case of the year in Newport News.

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