An 8-year-old girl is dead after she was shot and killed just moments after a vehicle accident in Houston, Texas.
The accident happened at the intersection of W. Fugua and S. Sam Houston Parkway around 3 a.m.
Police said a white Pontiac Grand Prix was either racing or being chased by another vehicle down West Fuqua Street when the white auto ran a red light. The 8-year-old girl was identified as DeMaree Atkins, who was inside of the black Honda Accord.
Atkins was rushed to an area hospital where she died.
After the impact, a female driver in one of the cars suddenly whipped out a gun, and started blasting away, local police said.
Thomas's daughter was hit by gunfire.
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"I looked over and thought she was trying to help", she told ABC 13.
She said her daughter was asleep in the back seat of the vehicle and didn't know anything happened. She was an honor roll student who was just beginning to learn how to play the violin.
Thomas said she laid her daughter on the ground and that's when she noticed Atkin's jacket was stained with blood. "I thought she was still asleep", Thomas said.
Police said Thomas was not injured.
"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. Wish I could polish her nails, her toenails.
Police said they don't know why the woman was shooting, but said both mom and daughter were not her intended targets. "We just don't know". "I want to go and pick out prom dresses for my baby". The white Pontiac was left at the scene.
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