Mother fights for life after 4-year-old shot dead

Another madman, shooting his own 4 year-old daughter. Shooting the woman was criminal  enough, but was it necessary to kill the child? TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press

LONDON (AFP) – A 40-year-old woman from Aldershot in Hampshire was in critical condition in hospital on Wednesday, after her former partner shot her in the head and killed their four-year-old daughter before turning the gun on himself.

Police were called to the house near the town centre mid-morning Tuesday after neighbours reported hearing shouting after the girl was dropped off at the former family home.

Police believe the 56-year-old man, named in reports as Andrew Copland, shot his daughter, named as Maisie, and his former partner Julie Harrison, before killing himself, following a dispute over child custody.

Harrison was taken by air ambulance to a central London hospital after being shot in the head. Her condition was described as “serious and critical”.

Speaking to reporters outside the house last night, Detective Inspector Darren Rawlings said they were met with a “very traumatic” scene. He said officers attempted to resuscitate the girl but she was pronounced dead a short while later.

He said the couple split up around four weeks ago and investigators are not looking for anyone else.

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