Police name mother, 51, murdered in her Range Rover Evoque

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A mother killed in front of her daughter has been named as the prime suspect recovers from self-inflicted shotgun wounds.  

Cheryl Hooper, 51, was found in her black Range Rover Evoque outside her new home on Friday night.

A post mortem confirmed Mrs Hooper died from a gunshot wound to the neck.

Cheryl Hooper (pictured), 51, was found in her black Range Rover Evoque outside her new home on Friday night

Cheryl Hooper (pictured), 51, was found in her black Range Rover Evoque outside her new home on Friday night

Cheryl Hooper (pictured), 51, was found in her black Range Rover Evoque outside her new home on Friday night

A 45-year-old man allegedly fled a murder scene after Cheryl Hooper was killed in a car

A 45-year-old man allegedly fled a murder scene after Cheryl Hooper was killed in a car

A 45-year-old man allegedly fled a murder scene after Cheryl Hooper was killed in a car

Police block the access road to Guild of Monks Farm in Staffordshire (pictured on Sunday) where a man was found injured after he is believed to have shot and killed Cheryl Hooper

Police block the access road to Guild of Monks Farm in Staffordshire (pictured on Sunday) where a man was found injured after he is believed to have shot and killed Cheryl Hooper

Police block the access road to Guild of Monks Farm in Staffordshire (pictured on Sunday) where a man was found injured after he is believed to have shot and killed Cheryl Hooper

Police and ambulance crews dashed to the property on Farmers Gate, Newport, at 11.13pm after neighbours reported hearing gunshots.

Mrs Hooper’s 14-year-old daughter was heard screaming at the scene, ‘My mum’s been shot, she’s dead’.

Police confirmed a 45-year-old man, who was arrested at a nearby farm, suffered gunshot wounds.

He was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where he is currently under police guard.

His injuries are not being treated as suspicious.

Superintendent Tom Harding, of West Mercia Police, said: ‘Investigations are continuing into this incident and officers remain in the area while enquiries are carried out.

‘We know that members of the local community are shocked and upset by these events, and our officers are on hand to provide reassurance.

‘Our thoughts remain with Cheryl’s family, who are being supported by specially trained officers at this extremely distressing time.’  

Officers arrived to find Mrs Hooper in a black Range Rover Evoque (pictured) with a gunshot wound to her neck

Officers arrived to find Mrs Hooper in a black Range Rover Evoque (pictured) with a gunshot wound to her neck

Officers arrived to find Mrs Hooper in a black Range Rover Evoque (pictured) with a gunshot wound to her neck

Flowers have been left at the scene of the incident which occurred on Farmers Gate

Flowers have been left at the scene of the incident which occurred on Farmers Gate

Flowers have been left at the scene of the incident which occurred on Farmers Gate

A 45-year-old man, from Newport, was arrested on farmland near Sutton. He is currently in hospital under police guard

The black Range Rover was covered by a forensics tent to preserve the scene against the weather as officers continue to investigate the murder

The black Range Rover was covered by a forensics tent to preserve the scene against the weather as officers continue to investigate the murder

The smashed drivers side window of the Range Rover where the woman was shot in the neck

The smashed drivers side window of the Range Rover where the woman was shot in the neck

The black Range Rover was covered by a forensics tent to preserve the scene against the weather as officers continue to investigate the murder

West Mercia Police currently believe the suspect and Mrs Hooper knew one another.

Vicky Allen, 34, said: ‘I heard screams, I don’t know what time it was exactly. I was in bed and just thought it was people coming back from up town.

‘In the Range Rover we could see the shotgun hole through the back window. It’s not nice.’

Donna Campbell, 38, lives by the woman, and said: ‘I heard two bangs and thought it was fireworks to start with.

‘Then I heard screaming, looked out the bedroom window and saw a silver Range Rover wheel spinning off.

‘I looked and a young girl was screaming “my mum’s been shot, my mum is dead”.

Police have carried out a finger tip search at the scene of the incident in Farmers Gate

Police have carried out a finger tip search at the scene of the incident in Farmers Gate

The man arrested, from Newport, Shropshire, was held on suspicion of murder and is currently in hospital under police guard

The man arrested, from Newport, Shropshire, was held on suspicion of murder and is currently in hospital under police guard

Police have carried out a finger tip search at the scene of the incident in Farmers Gate

The house, on a newly-built estate which is still being constructed, looks onto a grass and playpark area

The house, on a newly-built estate which is still being constructed, looks onto a grass and playpark area

The house, on a newly-built estate which is still being constructed, looks onto a grass and playpark area

‘I phoned 999 and went out to see if I could help. The girl was just crying that her mum was dead and one of the other neighbours was on the phone to the police.

‘He was asking if I could check the lady in the car for a pulse but by that point the ambulance and police were just arriving.

‘They had only been here about three weeks. You don’t expect it.’   

Debbie Beamond, 48, who lives in the area, said: ‘A man had a snood on over his face and was walking around here.

‘You don’t expect it round here, it’s a quiet road – it’s new. The poor girl’s daughter that was in the house, they had only just moved in.’  

A neighbour said: 'In the Range Rover we could see the shotgun hole through the back window - it's not nice'

A neighbour said: 'In the Range Rover we could see the shotgun hole through the back window - it's not nice'

Officers currently believe the suspect and the deceased knew one another

Officers currently believe the suspect and the deceased knew one another

A neighbour said: ‘In the Range Rover we could see the shotgun hole through the back window – it’s not nice’

Forensic officers converse at the scene on Farmers Gate in Newport, Shropshire

Forensic officers converse at the scene on Farmers Gate in Newport, Shropshire

Forensic officers converse at the scene on Farmers Gate in Newport, Shropshire

Debbie Beamond, 48, who lives in the area, said: 'A man had a snood on over his face and was walking around here. I don't know whether he had anything to do with it - loitering around'

Debbie Beamond, 48, who lives in the area, said: 'A man had a snood on over his face and was walking around here. I don't know whether he had anything to do with it - loitering around'

Debbie Beamond, 48, who lives in the area, said: ‘A man had a snood on over his face and was walking around here. I don’t know whether he had anything to do with it – loitering around’

Superintendent Sue Thomas, from West Mercia Police, said: ‘At this time we believe the suspect and the deceased were known to each other. We are treating this as an isolated incident. 

‘I understand that this incident will be concerning for the local community, and I’d like to reassure them that we will have extra officers in the area over the coming days to carry out enquiries and to provide reassurance.

‘We would ask anyone with any information which could assist with the investigation or who may have any concerns to please come forward or to speak with a local officer.

‘Our thoughts remain with the family of the victim, who is being supported by specially trained officers at this time.’

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote incident 725s of 26 January 2018 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Police name mother, 51, murdered in her Range Rover Evoque