HOUSTON (KIAH) — A mother was shot and killed in front of her child while driving in northwest Houston on Thursday.

It happened around 3 a.m. Thursday morning at the 2800 block of West Gulf Bank Road near West Montgomery Road.

Houston police officers responded to a car crash on the side of the road and found an adult driver shot dead.

Relatives identified the victim as Danielle Banks.

Witnesses told police someone in a white vehicle shot into Banks’ car on West Gulf Bank early this morning.

Another person in the vehicle was transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition and Banks’ 3-year-old child inside the car. 

The child was taken by Houston Fire Department paramedics to by check out and is okay.

The investigation continues.