Houston Police say a 4-year-old child is believed to have witnessed his mother being shot and killed. According to authorities, the child saw his mom killed in an apparent murder-suicide at a motel in west Houston.
Officials say the boy went down to the lobby around 12:30 a.m. and told the hotel staff his mother had been shot by a man. His mother, 23-year-old Brittany Smith, died instantly from gunshot wounds.
A security guard went to the room on the third floor, and when he got no response, he opened the door to find the woman and a man both dead from gunshot wounds.
Police are not identifying the suspected killer, but says that they believe that he was "known" to Brittany.
The boy was not injured, however he was transported to the hospital as a precaution since he was upset.
Smith and a man she had had a relationship with had been fighting over the phone for the past few weeks, according to family members. Smith's family members said the man was a Marine who unexpectedly arrived in Houston from California on Tuesday night.
People staying in a room across the hall from the scene said they were in shock
“I opened my door to the commotion of emergency response and I saw him, I guess he was the perpetrator of the crime or whatever, laying on the ground in a huge puddle of blood,” said Laci Allen, a guest at the hotel.
Police said they had been told by Marine Corps police to be on the lookout for a gray Dodge Charger with California plates that was being driven by a Marine. A vehicle matching that description was found in the hotel's parking lot Wednesday morning.