A seven-year-old girl who was shot by her estranged father after being caught up in a bitter domestic dispute has died in hospital in the UK.
It is believed that Yasser Alromisse opened fire on Mary Shipstone from within in his car parked on a driveway next to her home before apparently turning the gun himself in the vehicle.
Little Mary was left in a life-threatening condition following the shooting in Spring Hill, Northiam, near Rye, East Sussex, just before 4pm yesterday.
But the Mary, who lived with her mother and brother, died from her injuries at 2.56pm today at King’s College Hospital, London.
Last night, relatives spoke of their of loss as they released a picture to the press of a smiling Mary dressed in her school uniform.
The family made a statement issued through Sussex Police, in which they said: “We are today grieving the death of our beautiful and loving Mary.”
It since has been revealed that Alromisse was separated from Mary’s mother, but he did not live at the property and his death is not being treated as suspicious.
Chief Superintendent Neil Honnor, Sussex Police’s divisional commander for East Sussex, also released a statement which said: “This was a tragic domestic incident that has had the most terrible of outcomes for the family.
“We are working with partner agencies and local leaders to support and reassure the community who are understandably upset about what has happened.