Traumatized daughter of man suspected of shooting TikTok mother to death told police ‘daddy shot her’
A sobbing six-year-old told police when she saw her father shoot his TikTok star friend after the victim allegedly stabbed her father with a knife.
‘Madam. Trish had a big knife and told my dad she was going to stab him and he shot her,” the girl told police as she was “crying hysterically,” according to a report.
She was referring to the shooting of Patricia Grooms in Walterboro, South Carolina, earlier this month.
Grooms, 32, who regularly shared family videos on TikTok, was reportedly shot multiple times by Billy Mclean Head III, 38, and her body was found in a truck on Nov. 12.
Head’s memory of the incident to investigators mirrored his daughters, according to a police report obtained by The Sun, though he is still charged with murder.
He told the officers, “She attacked me and I had to shoot her. She’s dead in the truck.’ He was found with a foot-long knife wound down his arm, requiring no emergency medical treatment.
Head was also arrested for wrongful neglect of a child. He is currently being held in the Colleton County Detention Center and has been released on bail.
Billy Mclean Head III (right) claims he shot Patricia Grooms (left, holding one of her children) in self-defense. His six-year-old daughter shared a similar story: “Ms. Trish had a big knife and told my dad she would stab him and he shot her.”
According to the incident report, Grooms and Head had only been in a relationship for a few weeks at the time of her death. They were on their way home from a Mexican restaurant in South Carolina when the alleged attack took place.
A responding officer reported that Grooms’ hair covered her face and was bloodied.
“I saw what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the top of her left arm,” the officer wrote in the report.
Another officer noted that he saw a “dime the size of a wound” in her outer left arm and biceps area that was “indicative of a shot.”
“I saw a bloody spot on the left side of the head,” the officer wrote in the report.
“Although it was a bit covered in hair, it appeared to be a head injury. When giving an overall assessment around Patricia, there was a lot of blood around her hands. I also saw a fixed knife with a green handle at the subject’s feet.’
Police said Head suffered a “superficial cut on his right forearm,” which he said was caused by Grooms.
The report indicates that the wound was approximately 12 inches (30 cm) long and was not actively bleeding upon assessment by agents.
It remains unclear what caused the alleged violence between the couple.
Grooms (pictured) and Head had only been dating for a few weeks at the time of her death. They were on their way home from a Mexican restaurant in South Carolina when the alleged attack happened
A responding officer reported that Grooms’ hair covered her face and was bloodied. Head (pictured) told police: “She attacked me and I had to shoot her. She’s dead in the truck’
Grooms shared some cryptic messages in the days leading up to her death.
In her last Facebook post, shared hours before her alleged murder, she posted about mental health issues.
She shared a message that read: ‘S/o (shout out) to suicidal people who strictly stay alive for the sake of others.
‘I see you. You are important. You are loved. Thank you for being here, despite your own feelings,” the message continued.
“I hope one day you want to be here as much as everyone else does.”
She also uploaded a TikTok video addressed to “all the people who don’t like me.”
Her friends and family have used social media to pay tribute to the mother of two.
“I’ve written and deleted this post a hundred times. She was my first love. We were together for 7 years. She gave me my first son, she was my first love,” wrote Paul Souder about Grooms.
“He’s a great kid because of the good mother she was… She was a good person, she didn’t deserve this. He deserves no mercy… not at all. I hope the justice system is right.”
Grooms (pictured with her children) shared some cryptic messages in the days leading up to her death. In her latest Facebook post, shared hours before her alleged murder, she posted about mental health issues
Her friends and family pay tribute to the mother of two
‘I miss you girl. It’s so hard to understand. I wish I could turn back the clock, I wish there was a way to prevent this from ever happening. I will stand before you and fight for justice,” Rebby Hunter said.
One of her colleagues told The Sun that Grooms had won several battles and always gave her opinion.
“When you meet her, you soon find out that she has expressed her opinion without a filter,” she said.
“Tricia had a smile that could light up your whole day. Hilarious, even if she wasn’t trying to be, and she had one of the best hearts in this cruel world,” her friend/colleague said. She wasn’t perfect, but she worked every day to be a better mother and didn’t let anything stop her.
“She achieved sobriety, overcame abusive relationships, and was one of the most reliable workers we’ve had the pleasure of working with. She affected every life she touched.’
The friend added that Grooms are “dearly missed”.