An 8-year-old Houston girl was shot to death following a traffic accident that resulted in gunfire, her mother and police said Saturday.
The incident happened at about 3 a.m.at West Fuqua and Sam Houston Parkway in Southwest Houston.
Officials said a white Pontiac Grand Prix and a dark four-door sedan were speeding down West Fuqua Street.
Some time after the crash, but before officers arrived, someone opened fire on the Honda, striking eight-year-old DeMaree Atkins, who was riding in the vehicle with her mother.
Atkins was rushed to an area hospital where she died.
Authorities are searching for the drivers of the Pontiac and the dark sedan after they fled the scene of the crime.
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"I was going through the light and through my peripheral vision I could see a auto coming at a high rate of speed", Thomas said.
Whomever was in the other vehicle ran off and another auto pulled up.
"Each one of those bullets hit the back of my vehicle where my baby was", she said. "She didn't. She was only eight", Thomas told KPRC. Thomas said the woman began firing at her and her daughter. "But when I looked over, she pulled a gun out of the window and she started shooting". "I thought she was still asleep".
"I love you and I wish I could hug and kiss you. comb your hair", she said crying. She told her daughter to stay with her, but her little body just went limp.
'She was a good girl, honor roll student, full of life. "I want to go and pick out prom dresses for my baby".
Authorities said it is unclear if they were shooting at each other or if they were intentionally firing shots into the Honda. Wish I could polish her nails, her toenails. No word on why the other two cars crashed into the Accord.