8-year-old girl shot to death after crash, police say

Vehicles can be seen at the scene of the accident and homicide early Saturday morning on W. Fuqua at S. Sam Houston Parkway

On Saturday morning, around 2 a.m., an eight-year-old girl from Houston, Texas, was shot and killed by a woman in another vehicle, after she survived a auto crash.

Investigators say the girl and her mother were traveling down a Houston roadway early today when their Honda Accord was hit by a speeding Pontiac. The other driver fled in a dark, four-door sedan. The 8-year-old girl was identified as DeMaree Atkins, who was inside of the black Honda Accord. She died later at Memorial Hermann Hospital.

It was unclear if the Pontiac's driver and the shooter were the same person.

"I called her name and I said, Are you OK?" "She didn't. She was only eight", Thomas told KPRC.

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 said of the gunwoman. At first she thought DeMaree was still sleeping, but then she saw blood on her jacket.

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'Each one of those bullets hit the back of my vehicle where my baby was, ' said Thomas.

"I kept telling her, 'wake up, wake up, stay with me, stay with me, stay with me", Thomas said. She was an honor roll student who was just beginning to learn how to play the violin.

That's when another vehicle drove up, Thomas said. "Her body just went limp".

'I love you and I wish I could hug and kiss you. comb your hair, ' Thomas said crying. "They took my baby away from me, why?" "I wanted to see her get married".

Police said they are searching for the dark four-door sedan and the driver of the Pontiac. "We just don't know". The white Pontiac was left at the scene.

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