Girl, gunman dead in murder-suicide at sports complex

In this photo taken on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, Taylor police investigate a shooting, outside the Taylor Sportsplex in Taylor, Mich. (Steve Perez/Detroit News via AP) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) — A man described as a family friend fatally shot a 7-year-old girl and injured her mother before killing himself in the parking lot of an indoor sports complex in suburban Detroit, police said Friday.

The motive was unclear, although Tim Obeshaw, 57, was described by others as “mentally unstable and paranoid’ in the past year, Taylor police said in a statement.

The victims were identified as Emma Nowling and her mother, Sharon Watson, both from Belleville.

“Unfortunately, it appears as a result of his instability, we now have a little girl who just wanted to play soccer and never went home,” Police Chief Mary Sclabassi said.

Emma and Watson were shot in their car Thursday night as they were leaving the girl’s indoor soccer practice at the Taylor Sportsplex. Obeshaw then shot himself.

“Obeshaw had been seen at the beginning of practice, embracing the young girl. She embraced him back as if there were no problem,” Sclabassi said.

Watson, 37, was in serious condition at a hospital.

Obeshaw recently moved to Taylor after living with Watson and her boyfriend in Belleville, police said.

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