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WESTMINSTER - Westminster police say the father of a 19-month-old girl shot and killed his child and then turned the gun on himself. The gunman's condition is not known.

Police were called to a Westminster apartment in the 7000 block of Stuart Street around 9:35 Monday morning.

Police say the mother of the child woke up to her ex-boyfriend standing over her with a gun. The suspect, 22-year-old Merrick McKoy, does not live at the residence and has a restraining order preventing him from being there.

McKoy was active on his Facebook account just before the shooting. He posted five messages including a photo of him and his daughter and another message that said, "Don't judge me had no choice."

Police say there was an altercation between McKoy and the girl's mother. She eventually ran out of the apartment and called police from a neighbor's home. She told 911 operators that McKoy was inside the apartment with a gun and the child was inside with him.

When the first officer arrived, he heard a gunshot from inside the apartment. Officers entered and discovered the child and McKoy.

The child was transported to the hospital where she was later pronounced dead. The child has been identified as Mia McKoy-Phanthavongsa.

McKoy was also transported to the hospital. 9NEWS is waiting on a condition report.

A motive for the shooting is not known.

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