Police: grandmother killed throughout youngster custody dispute at Texas Starbucks

RICHARDSON (CBSDFW.COM) – Police in North Texas have confirmed a deadly shooting at a Starbucks coffeehouse which was the result of an altercation between a grandmother and her son’s ex-girlfriend.

According to officials, it was just after 7:00 pm on April 18 when the Richardson Police Department received several 911 calls reporting a woman firing a gun at another female.


Mugshot of Tranisa Watts, the 23-year-old accused of shooting and killing her mother.

Richardson Police Department

The first officer at the Starbucks, in the 4100 block of East Renner Road, spotted the suspected shooter, later identified as Tranisa Watts, attempting to leave with a child. The 23-year-old woman was taken into custody.

Additional officers found the victim arriving, later identified as Kentoria Nicole Edwards, injured from at least one gunshot wound and immediately began life saving measures. Paramedics took the 52-year-old to a nearby hospital but she died from her injuries.

The 3-year-old child with Tranisa Watts was unharmed and no one at the business was injured by the gunfire.

As the investigation into the shooting began, the police say they learned that Nicole Edwards was the grandmother of Watts’ child and had full custody.

Officials say Watts had asked to see her child and Edwards agreed to meet her at Starbucks. It was during that visit that Watts pulled out a gun, shot Edwards and tried to leave with the child.

Police say the investigation into the murder is ongoing and they are asking that anyone who has information about the incident, has video, or was a witness please contact the Richardson Police Department at 972-744-4800.

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