Texas police are searching for a man who shot a female driver in the head after she honked at him on Friday.
The shooting happened shortly after 7:00 a.m., according to the Harris County Pct. 4 Constable’s Office.
The 28-year-old victim told officials she honked at a white SUV while trying to get on the freeway to go to work at CenterPoint.
The woman and the driver exchanged words before the SUV cut her off and the driver opened fire, authorities said.
According to KHOU, one bullet went through the woman’s passenger-side window, striking her in the back of the neck, with some of the bullet fragments going into her head as well.
The victim called 911 while the driver fled the scene.
Dispatchers said the woman was in and out of consciousness and was not able to give them her exact location.
“The victim was coherent enough to steer her vehicle off Interstate 45 Freeway onto Airtex, the exit ramp where she stopped. She called 911. She was incoherent because she was in and out of consciousness,” Asst. Chief Mark Herman, with Pct. 4 Constable’s Office, said.
After about 15 minutes, constables managed to find her stopped on the freeway near the exit for West Richey Road.
The woman was taken to the hospital with the bullet still lodged in her neck.
She was able to tell authorities her shooter was wearing a blue baseball cap.
According to authorities, the woman remains in critical condition.
Family members identified the victim as Kay Hafford, a soloist and musician at a church.
Her husband, Kendrick, arrived at the hospital.
“Oh she’s tough. She’s a tough cookie. She’s gonna be alright,” the husband said.
He told KHOU that couldn’t wait for his wife of three years to wake up.
“I love you. That’s the first thing I’m gonna say when she actually open her eyes and know actually who I am, that’s the first thing I’m going to say.”
He called his wife’s survival a “miracle.”
“The bullet did not penetrate her brain. It hit the skull and it’s the hand of the LORD that truly stopped something tragic from really being worse than what it is,” Bishop Sippy Sellers, of Life Center Ministries, said.
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