UPDATED: Chesterfield mother murdered in her front yard

Crystal Snipes
Crystal Snipes

By Ryan Nobles - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – A Chesterfield mother of two is dead, gunned down in her front yard while her toddler watched. This all took place in the 10300 block of Reams Road.

The victim is 27-year-old Crystal Snipes. Her father talked to NBC12 and he claims it was her son's father who killed Snipes, then turned the gun on himself -- but he survived.

Chesterfield Police released the identity of the man as Douglas E. Enroughty, 28, of the 2800 block of Laurelton Court in Henrico County. Police allege he shot Snipes and then turned the gun on himself. Enroughty remains hospitalized at VCU Medical Center with life threatening injuries.

Police describe the incident as a "domestic related shooting," but the victim's father thinks he knows exactly what happened.

It's Danny Snipes worst fear.

"I never dreamed of preparing my own child's funeral," he said.

His daughter, Crystal Snipes, was home with her 3-year-old son Thursday afternoon, when Snipes says Enroughty showed up.

"Here of late, he had been texting her, wanting to know her work schedule, and her time of arrival," said Snipes.

Danny Snipes claims Enroughty had been harassing Crystal for several weeks. The father believes he pulled the trigger, while Crystal's 3-year-old son watched.

Neighbors say this isn't the type of community where you expect to hear gunshots.

"We walk our dogs here, we play with our kids. They ride their bikes. Really good neighbors everybody helps out," said Cynthia Hill, who lives nearby.

Authorities say when they arrived, Crystal was dead. Enroughty, who they describe as another shooting victim, was alive but barely. He was taken to the hospital.

This, on a day Danny wasn't home to protect his daughter.

Danny said, "For the last several days, I've been home. He's been extremely nice to me. But the one day I wasn't home he showed up and…"

A mother left dead. A family left wondering what went wrong. Police said that they believe the violence was contained to this tragic, but isolated incident.

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