An eight-year-old Houston girl was shot to death following a traffic accident that resulted in gunfire, her mother and police said Saturday.
De’Maree Adkins and her mother, Latoyia Thomas, 39, were going east on the intersection of West Fuqua Street and Sam Houston Parkway on their way home from the hair dresser.
It was around 2am on Saturday when their Honda Accord hit a southbound Pontiac, investigators said.
Police said the Pontiac Grand Prix and a third car – a dark four-door sedan – were speeding when the Pontiac was hit by the vehicle the girl was in.
‘The light was green, and as soon as I got to the light it turned yellow – I couldn’t stop,’ Thomas said.
After the crash, the driver of the Pontiac jumped into the sedan, Thomas said.
But before it drove off, the sedan pulled up next to the Honda and a woman leaned out of the window with a gun.
Thomas said the woman began firing at her and her daughter, who was in the backseat.
‘I looked over and thought she was trying to help’, Thomas told ABC 13. ‘She pulled a gun out of the window and she started shooting.’
It was unclear if the Pontiac’s driver and the shooter were the same person.
Thomas’s daughter was hit by gunfire. She died later at Memorial Hermann Hospital.
‘Each one of those bullets hit the back of my car where my baby was,’ said Thomas. ‘I pulled her out of the car; I didn’t even know she had been hit. I thought she was still asleep.’
That’s when Thomas noticed the blood on her jacket.
‘I pulled her shirt up, and she got shot – the bullet went in the right and came out the left side,’ Thomas said.
Police said Thomas was not injured.
‘She was a good girl, honor roll student, full of life. They took my baby away from me, why?’ Thomas said.
Adkins was a student at Houston Independent School District’s MacGregor Elementary and had just begun learning to play the violin.
In an emotional video, Thomas pleaded with those responsible for her daughter’s death to come forward.
‘I love you and I wish I could hug and kiss you … comb your hair,’ Thomas said crying.
‘She loved to go shopping too. She called herself a fashionista. Wish I could polish her nails, her toenails. Anything. I miss my baby.’
Police continue looking for the drivers of the Pontiac and the sedan and said they are still trying to determine a motive.
‘We don’t know if they were firing at each other and struck the vehicle, or if once the accident happened, they got angry, jumped out and they shot the vehicle,” Houston Police Department homicide detective David Stark told the Houston Chronicle.