According to WQAD, the family of Eloise Chairs told the news outlet that she was killed after getting into an argument over one of her son’s game cards, which she believed was taken by another child. During that altercation, the friend of the parent Chairs confronted grabbed a gun and shot Chairs in the shoulder. The bullet hit a major artery and Chairs bled to death, WQAD reported.
The Davenport Police Department posted on Facebook about the incident on October 25, asking people to contact them with information about the shooting, and updated it a day later when they arrested Treshonda M. Pollion, charging her with first-degree murder.
Chairs Had a Newborn Daughter & 4 Sons Who Saw Their Mother Get Shot
Chairs’ sister, Christena Chairs, told local news station WQAD, that Eloise Chairs was a loving mother who always put her kids first, and that her children saw her get shot.
Christena Chairs told WQAD, “Eloise was shot in front of her children, blood covering them all.”
Emergency responders got the call about a shooting at 7:38 that night, according to Davenport police. While emergency crews worked to save Chairs’ life, rushing her to the hospital after finding her unresponsive and treating her at the scene, she was pronounced dead at the hospital at 8:16 p.m., WQAD reported.
The Quad-City Times reported that the restaurant and game room was filled with families at the time of the shooting, but no one else was injured. The incident was captured on surveillance from inside the restaurant.
Someone who said she was a friend of Chairs told the Quad-City Times Chairs was “a strong Black, powerful woman who took care of her kids and anyone who needed her helping hand.”
Pollion Ran From the Scene of the Shooting in Iowa & Was Arrested Just Over the Illinois Border in Rock Island
According to Davenport Police, it was not immediately clear who shot Chairs, but in less than 24 hours, they made their arrest. On October 26 they indicated Pollion was in custody in Rock Island, Illinois, just across the Mississippi River from Davenport.
No further details about the altercation have been released in the pending investigation.
According to Iowa law, a first-degree murder charge is often used in cases where murder is premeditated, but it can be filed if there are special circumstances. Pollion is accused of firing a gun multiple times in a room full of people, including many children, according to Newsweek.
The Quad-City Times reported that a first-degree murder conviction “carries a mandatory prison sentence of life without parole.”
Pollion was extradited back to Iowa and is now being held on $1 million bond at the Scott County Jail there, according to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office.