HOUMA, La. — Pieces of crime-scene tape are one of the few signs about what happened on Main Street in Houma Monday night.
“It’s scary. It’s scary to know something like this could happen,” said one neighbor, who did not want to give her name.
It was about 8:30 when gunfire outside sent the neighbor ducking for cover inside her house.
“It happened so fast. So fast,” she said.
Eight-year-old Treyce Bryant was in the car with her mom and one of her mom’s friends when another car began to follow them.
Surveillance video provided by the Houma Police Department shows the moments before the car that followed them opened fire, hitting Treyce.
It’s a key piece of evidence police hope will help them find the gunman, who remains unknown.
Treyce’s mother rushed her daughter to nearby Chabert Hospital, but doctors couldn’t save her.
“That was the girl’s only child from my understanding,” the neighbor said. “And she’s never going to get that back. She’s never going to get that back. I want to cry right now.”
Houma Police Chief Dana Coleman says detectives don’t yet know why the shooting happened.
He said all he does know is the victim in this case didn’t deserve what happened to her.
“It hits different. This is one that hits to the core, because this is an innocent person,” he said. “An innocent kid. This is someone that you look to see playing with babydolls, playing with friends. Just living her life freely. Free spirit. Loved to go to the park. All of that was taken from her.”
Darlene Spot had a simple message for whoever took her granddaughter’s life.
“All we’re asking for is for justice for Treyce,” Spot told reporters at an afternoon press conference. “And you know who you are. So why don’t you turn yourself in?”