Ad Rep Shot to Death in Parking Lot at Newspaper

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A 30-year-old newspaper advertising representative was shot to death Tuesday in a parking lot outside the Morning Sun offices after police said she was rammed and flipped over in her vehicle.

Police said they later arrested Thomas Daniel Babb, 37, in the death of his wife, Mary Lynn Babb, after he drove into a ditch near Evart in Osceola County. Police said the victim had a personal protection order against her estranged husband.

Authorities said they believe Thomas Babb was waiting outside the Morning Sun offices about 4:30 p.m. when his wife drove her sport utility vehicle into the parking lot, the Mount Pleasant newspaper reported. Witnesses told police the suspect then rammed Mary Babb’s SUV with his pickup truck, pushing her vehicle across the parking lot and causing it to roll over onto its top.

Babb is accused of getting out of his truck and firing at least two rounds into his wife’s vehicle from a .20-gauge shotgun. He later fled the scene and was arrested less than three hours later after he left his parents’ residence and drove his truck into a ditch, police said.

Mary Lynn Babb was pronounced dead at a hospital shortly after the shooting, the Morning Sun reported.

Thomas Babb was expected to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon.

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