A father shot and killed his 7-year-old daughter before pointing the gun at himself after his wife rejected Islam and him.
Yasser Alromisse, 46, originally from Egypt, was in a bitter custody battle with estranged wife, Lyndsey Shipstone, 42, over their daughter Mary Ann.
The little girl died in the hospital after being shot in the head by her “jealous” estranged father at her home in Northiam, near Rye, East Sussex on September 11, the Daily Mail reports.
Mary Ann had returned from school and was excited about celebrating her eighth birthday this week.
Shipstone, her mother, screamed: “He’s got a gun,” before her estranged husband shot Mary Ann and killed himself inside a silver Toyota on the driveway of his ex-wife’s home.
She ran out of the house and held her daughter in her arms and then laid her inside on a sofa.
Neighbor Helen Barber, 38, said: "I ran out up to the house and went in. Mary Ann was on the sofa. There was blood everywhere. I couldn't feel a pulse. I've done first aid before and she was showing no signs of life. Lyndsey was hysterical.”
Her husband, Stuart Barber, 46, added: "The car stopped. There were two shots. No one went to the car. Within minutes armed police turned up and surrounded the car.”
It emerged that the family had been hiding from Alromisse years. He had spent a week trying to find the address of the home they had moved to and was thought to be staking out their £300,000 ($485,435) house in his Toyota Rav 4 car.
Shipstone married Alromisse in Liverpool in 2005 after they met in Skelmersdale, her home town in Lancashire. She then converted to Islam after having been a practicing Catholic.
“She started wearing long robes and only eating halal food,” a family friend said. “Her son Stephen began using the name Adam.”
Mary Ann was born in 2006, but according to former neighbors, social services had to intervene in the family, with orders barring Alromisse from being alone with either of his children.
Shipstone later rejected the faith and left him, which prompted a custody dispute over Mary Ann and their older son Stephen. Further legal action had been planned in the past few weeks.
Shipstone also started a relationship with a new man, who Mary Ann is seen with in another photo posted on a social media website.
The family said in a statement: “We are today grieving the death of our beautiful and loving Mary,” adding that they were trying “to come to terms with what has happened.”
Last week, British police were at an address in Broomfield Avenue, Worthing, West Sussex, where Alromisse was believed to be renting an apartment.
Chief Superintendent Neil Honnor of Sussex Police said they are trying to figure out his movements before the fatal shooting, which he described as a “tragic domestic incident,” according to Metro.
“We are trying to be as open and honest with the public as we can but have to take into account the traumatic experience the family is going through as well as the fact that this is an ongoing investigation,” Honnor said.