Associated Press

SPARTANBURG - A man shot and killed his 55-year-old estranged wife just outside the Spartanburg domestic violence shelter where she had been staying for six weeks, Spartanburg County deputies said.

Robert O'Shields Sr. pulled up beside his wife around 7 a.m. Wednesday and fired several shots before driving away, deputies said.

Mariann O'Shields died about two hours later in surgery, according to the coroner's office.

Mariann O'Shields had a protective court order against her husband, only allowing him to text her about custody issues involving their daughter. She went to the sheriff's office the day before she died to report he had contacted her about other things, deputies said.

Investigators said Mariann O'Shields had lived at the Safe Homes Crisis Center for six weeks with her daughter and she had just taken the girl to the bus stop before she was killed. The girl did not witness the shooting, deputies said.

Safe Homes Crisis Center doesn't give its address and deputies are trying to figure out how Robert O'Shields Sr. knew his wife was living there.

Robert O'Shields Sr. drove away in a van, but was arrested a short time later. He has been charged with murder and it isn't known if he has a lawyer.