In life, people make poor decisions. Things happen, and most of the time, individuals learn through experience. Nobody is perfect, and everyone at some point in their lives has done something that they certainly regret. Honest mistakes happen; it could be something as simple as forgetting to turn off the water while washing the dishes and having to clean up the small flood that subsequently ravaged the kitchen floor. But for some people, bad decision making can turn into a lifetime of problems if the given situation possesses elements for serious destruction. This is certainly the case for one 15 year old girl from the sunshine state, who killed her mother’s fiancé while he was in bed one morning.
Facing charges of first degree murder, Sunshine Grace James allegedly began shooting at her mother and the deceased fiancé at around 7 o’clock in the morning on Wednesday, August 30th. The juvenile had been residing at the Essex Ponte Apartments in Escambia County, Florida. According to Sheriff Chip Simmons, following an investigation it is thought that the attack was unprovoked. According to the mother of the perpetrator the situation within the apartment was amicable, and no fighting, arguments or any sort of domestic hostilities had occurred which could have sparked the event. The shooters mother had several close calls in the attack, as her head was grazed by bullets. The fiancé, aged 35, did not die on the scene, but later expired in the hospital. Sunshine Grace James fled the apartment following the attack, stealing her parent’s car and driving to her boyfriend’s house. Shortly after, Escambia County law enforcement officials pinpointed her whereabouts and detained and arrested her.
This is not the first incident in which bizarre, horrific family shootings have occurred in the state of Florida. In 2020, a father from Kissimmee killed his wife, three children and a dog because he believed the “apocalypse” was all but imminent.