Vallejo girl shot in murder suicide in critical condition

The 2-year-old Vallejo girl who was shot by her father at her family’s home Friday night remains in critical condition this morning, according to Diana Yee, a spokeswoman for Children’s Hospital in Oakland.

Vallejo police said 41-year-old Vernon Val Watson fatally shot his 38-year-old wife, Stacey Denice Owens-Watson, and the couple’s daughter, Brooklyn, before shooting himself at the family’s home at 370 Carousel Drive shortly before midnight. Owens-Watson’s 10-year-old son was home at the time but fled to a neighbor’s house, police said.

Solano County coroner’s office Deputy Adrian Garcia said Owens-Watson and Watson both died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

Vallejo police Lt. Rick Nichelman said this morning that Owens had previous arrests for misdemeanor domestic battery in 1999 in Oakland that did not involve Owens-Watson.

Nichelman said there was “marital discord” at the couple’s Vallejo residence, but there were no arrests.

The couple apparently had guests to their home on Thanksgiving, Nichelman said, but there was an argument between the two about Watson taking custody of Brooklyn.

Watson used a weapon that was in the house to shoot his wife, his daughter and then himself, Nichelman said. He said police do not expect the girl to survive.

— Bay City News

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