HALTOM CITY, Texas - Three children will grow up without their mother because of a road rage incident that turned into gun violence over the weekend in Haltom City.
Police say Claudia Sanchez, 33, didn't do anything wrong. They say she just happened to be in the same car as a friend who helped escalate an argument. As a result, Sanchez took a bullet to the head.
The road rage incident happened in a neighborhood. It started over accusations of driving too slow. Words were exchanged and something was thrown. In the end, police say an innocent single mother of three was shot dead.
Rudy Espinoza never thought his sister, Claudia Sanchez., would be on the news as a victim of a road rage shooting.
"I've seen it on the news a million times. Now that it's hit close to home, it makes no sense,” he said. “It’s unbelievable, especially when it's over something so careless."
Haltom City PD says Sanchez was in a car with a friend Saturday afternoon near Stanley Keller Road and Roxie Street. Police say her friend got into an argument with two women in an SUV and threw a lugnut at the passenger inside that SUV. Police say that passenger, 25-year-old Lyneisha McCuin, pulled out a gun and fired. The bullet hit Sanchez.
“It makes no sense,” Espinoza said. “I really hope people will think twice before they decide to cut somebody off and start cussing at them and stuff because you never know what the next person is holding in their car."
Haltom City Police Sgt. Eric Peters agrees and calls it ridiculous.
"It all really stemmed from somebody driving too slow and somebody getting upset and honking at them,” he said. “I don't understand why they would take it to that extreme. Just drive on. Move on."
McCuin was originally charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. After Sanchez died Sunday, McCuin was charged with manslaughter.
Police say Sanchez was innocent in all of this and so was the driver in the SUV with McCuin. Police say Sanchez's friend who threw the lug nut could also face charges. Sanchez's brother hopes she will.