Nadeja Jermainequa Pressley shot dead by her father who believed her to be an intruder as she tried entering their Greenville, South Carolina home. Autopsy scheduled.
A man has claimed ‘accidentally’ shooting and killing his own daughter in their Greenville, South Carolina home early Sunday — after mistaking her for an intruder.
Nadeja Jermainequa Pressley, 23, was pronounced dead after her father- Jermaine Tramone Pressley, 43, opened fire around 1:15 a.m., striking her through a door, WYFF 4 reported.
At the time of the shooting, the victim was attempting to enter the home where she lived with father.
A preliminary investigation revealed the dad believed Pressley was trying to break in, said Lt. Jimmy Bolt of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.
On Saturday afternoon, Nadeja Pressley had been at a cookout, Lt. Ryan Flood from the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office told the Daily News. Of note, at some point on Saturday, Pressley and her father, had a conversation where she would bring him a plate of food home.
‘I just heard two gunshots,’ neighbor Regina Harvey told via, WYFF 4. ‘[I] went out on the porch and I seen police everywhere, everywhere. That’s just a sad feeling.’
Melvin Grover, a member of nearby St. Luke Holiness Church, told WYFF, ‘It’s a sad day today, and it’s a tragic moment that happened in the neighborhood, and we are so heartbroken about it.’
The shooting remains under investigation by the sheriff’s Violent Crimes Unit, according to the Greenville News.
It remained unclear what led the father believing the individual trying to enter through the front door (as opposed to another door) was an intruder and simply not his daughter returning home. Or if the father was aware of the whereabouts of all family members living at the residence.
An autopsy was scheduled for Monday. It remained unclear what motivation, if any Jermaine Tramone Pressley may have had to gun down his own daughter.