TERRYTOWN, La. - A 27-year-old African American woman was shot to death at her home in the 500 block of Nel Court in Terrytown around 11:45 p.m., according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.

Homicide Investigator Matt Vasquez said the victim, identified as Stephanie South, was upstairs in her apartment with a 22 year-old female friend, a 6-year-old girl, a 5-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy.

According to a witness, they heard someone banging on the front door to the apartment yelling obscenities at the victim. Moments later, shots rang out and a black man was chasing the victim throughout the apartment while brandishing a handgun.

As the victim began running down the stairs, the suspect continued yelling and followed her, all the while continuously shooting at her. At some point, the victim was struck several times, and upon exiting theapartment she collapsed on the side yard.

Another witness believed to recognize the suspect and identified him as a man who goes by the name 'Toe.'

Crimes Scene Technicians recovered a number of spent 45 cal. shells casings both inside of the apartment, as well near the front door.

Police do not have a motive or suspect at this time.

Anyone with information in this matter is asked to contact Detective Vasquez, at 503-364-5300 or Crimestoppers.

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