TAYLOR, Mich. – A 7-year-old girl is dead and her mom in critical condition after a family friend shot them in their car while they were leaving soccer practice, police say.
Emma Watson Nowling, 7, and her mother Sharon Elizabeth Watson, 37, were at the Sportsplex arena for regular soccer practice Thursday night.
Witnesses say family friend Timothy Nelson Obeshaw, 57, frequently joined them at practice, and spoke to the mother and daughter just before practice started.
According to police, after practice just before 8 p.m., Nowling and her mother were exiting the parking lot. Obeshaw shot into the car at Nowling, then Watson. He then shot and killed himself.
Nowling was taken to Children’s Hospital of Detroit where she died hours later from her injuries. Watson remains in serious condition.
Taylor police recovered Obeshaw’s 9 mm pistol at the scene, which he registered in his name in September.
Police say Obeshaw was a friend of the family and was staying with Watson and her boyfriend at their home.
Police have not determined a motive but have been told by witnesses and family that Obeshaw was mentally unstable and paranoid. Police also found evidence that Obeshaw believed someone was trying to perform mind control on him.