CHESNEE, S.C. – Police in South Carolina say an 8-year-old girl has been shot to death by the estranged husband of her father's girlfriend.
Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright says the man grabbed the girl in a headlock Wednesday and shot her twice in the driveway of a home in Chesnee, about 60 miles southwest of Charlotte, N.C.
He then shot himself in the stomach. He was taken to a hospital but his condition and identity weren't released.
The coroner's office identified the girl as Heather Brooke Center.
Wright says the shooter was driving his estranged wife and the girl to swim and play. Investigators aren't sure why he shot the child.
The sheriff says the suspect has a long criminal record and will be charged with murder if he recovers.