Mary Shipstone: 7-Year-Old UK Girl Dies After Shot by Father in Northiam, East Sussex

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
September 12, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Mary Shipstone, a UK child who was allegedly shot by her father, died on Friday.

Shipstone, 7, was shot in the head by her father in Northiam near Rye in East Sussex.

The father then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide, The Telegraph reported.

The father’s identity has not been disclosed.

A neighbor, Anthony Burr, said that he heard a man went to the mother of the child’s home and then shot her.

“Then my neighbour, who my kids were playing with, said there were reports that a father had shot his daughter and was still at large,” he told The Argus. “Then I started to get reports that he had shot himself. What appears to have transpired is that a father has gone to his ex’s house where his daughter lives and has shot her. This has all come from neighbours and eyewitnesses.”

Another neighbor, Susie Clements, was quoted as saying that her son told her he heard a woman scream: “He’s got a gun, he’s got a gun” before two shots rang out.”

Chief Superintendent Neil Honnor stated: We are treating this as a tragic domestic incident and do not believe that anyone else is involved.

“At this stage we are not in a position to confirm the relationships of all those involved but we can say that the girl and the man knew each other. The man does not live at the address.”

Margaret Bentley, who also lived nearby told the Telegraph: “She was pretty and she spoke very well. She was just like any other little girl.”

“She was extremely fond of cats and I have got two and she used to sometimes stroke mine outside my house. It was my impression that it was just the girl and her mother living together. They only seemed to have been around since this summer. They were very nice.”

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.