DALLAS – A Texas woman driving her daughter to pick up her prom desk was fatally shot when she was caught in a crossfire between two vehicles on a Dallas highway, authorities said.
Ana Moreno, 39, was one of four people shot during the Saturday afternoon shooting, WFAA-TV reported. According to a news release from the Dallas Police Department, Moreno died when a bullet entered her vehicle at about 4:05 p.m. CDT.
“Two vehicles were shooting at one another while driving eastbound (on) Bruton Road,” the release stated. “As a result, a bullet entered Moreno’s vehicle and hit her, causing her death.”
Police added that three males were in critical condition.
Moreno’s daughter, Amy Rodriguez, was scheduled to go to her high school prom on Saturday night, KXAS-TV reported.
“She was like, ‘Oh we finally get to see her get ready’ and she didn’t even get to see it happen,” Michelle Rodriguez, the youngest of Moreno’s three children, told the television station. “All she heard was gunshots and she said my mom made a signal like she couldn’t breathe, and then she leaned on Amy’s shoulder and that’s when they crashed.
“That’s when Amy said she called the ambulance.”
“I didn’t care about prom. I didn’t care about anything. I just wanted her to be OK,” Amy Rodriguez told KFDW-TV. “Just really loud gunshots and really close, really close to us.”
Jacob Faz was driving in the area when Amy Rodriguez flagged her down.
“She looked panicked. She was trying to get somebody to help her mom. She was scared,” Faz told the television station.
Faz said he tried to help but there was nothing he could do.
“She wasn’t breathing,” Faz told KDFW. “I checked for a pulse.”
As of Monday afternoon, Dallas police had not made an arrest, KXAS reported. It was unclear what led to the gun battle, according to the television station.
A neighbor, Linda Terrell, told KTVT that Moreno was the first person to welcome her family into their Dallas neighborhood.
“She was very friendly hollering across the fence,” Terrell told the television station.
Now, Terrell said she was concerned that no place was safe.
“Just stop shooting people,” Terrell told KTVT. “It’s just sad the way people have gotten in the world and I don’t really want to go nowhere.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to cover Moreno’s funeral expenses.
Help a Deserving Family Get a New Roof for Free!
LISTEN LIVE: Listen to Houston’s Eagle now!
SeaWorld Howl-O-Scream and Spooktacular
Dean & Rog’s Thousand Dollar Minute
Play the Harley High Roller Contest
Dean & Rog Mornings
On-air surprise: Joe Buck learns he is joining father in Pro Football Hall of Fame
‘Leave him alone’: Adele halts Las Vegas show, scolds security for ‘bothering’ fan