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Update: Detectives Struggle With Randomness of Mother's Death

Detectives continued working today looking for any evidence, perhaps a bullet fragment, to try to get a lead on a shooting that is leaving detective puzzled. And one that's left friends of 31-yea-old Samantha Cass shaken.
Update (Aug. 15, 7:45 p.m.)

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Detectives continued working today looking for any evidence, perhaps a bullet fragment, to try to get a lead on a shooting that is leaving detectives puzzled.  And it's one that has left friends of 31-year-old Samantha Cass shaken.

Detectives were back out at the scene at JFK Boulevard and McCain Avenue, looking for possible bullet fragments, anything that could help police better understand what happened Wednesday evening.

"We don't know a motive even for this," said Sgt. Brian Dedrick of North Little Rock Police Department.  "Was it random? Was it targeted?"

All police know is that Cass was driving her blue Mazda East on McCain when another vehicle opened fire, killing the young mother with her infant in the back seat.

Several eyewitnesses at the scene said the shots came from a black Ford F-150 pickup truck with chrome bumper and wheels and an orange tool box in the back.

"When that's all you have, it makes it very challenging," Dedrick said.

Shock and grief has been shared openly on a Facebook page her friends indicate belongs to Cass, one writing, "Sam you will be missed, God rest your soul."

"It is something that bothers the community and understandably so," Dedrick said.  "Especially when you have a homicide occur right in the middle of a busy intersection with no regard for human life."
  
And as the investigation crosses the 24-hour mark, there are very few answers.

"At this point, we don't care if we have to take 1,000 calls, we're looking for one call that leads us to an arrest," Dedrick said.  "This is a heartbreaking incident."

Police urge anyone with information about the incident that happened around 7 p.m. at JFK and McCain, to call the 24-hour tip line at (501) 680-8439.

Update (August 15):
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR - Police have released the name of the woman shot and killed as she drove through an intersection Wednesday night.

She is identified as Samantha Cass, 31, of North Little Rock. Police say she was married and the baby in the backseat, who was not hurt, was hers. The child is now with the father.

According to a Facebook page for the woman, she was a graduate of Pine Bluff High School and attended UALR. She worked as an accountant and also a restaurant server.

Police urge anyone with information about the incident that happened around 7:00 at J.F.K. & McCain, to call the 24-hour tip line at (501) 680-8439.

Update (9:00 p.m.):
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Police say a woman who was shot on JFK and McCain has died at a local hospital.

According to NLRPD, witnesses described a suspect in a black or maroon four-door Ford pickup with an orange welding case, chrome wheels and a chrome bumper.

The woman was reportedly driving with an infant in her car on McCain, when the suspect, who was also driving, held a weapon out the window of the Ford pickup and fired what some witnesses are saying were multiple shots.

Police say the incident appears to have happened at random.

Anyone who witnessed the crime or has any other information is encouraged to call a 24-hour hotline at 501-680-8439.

Original Story (August 14, 8:00 p.m.):

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR -- North Little Rock police confirm they are on the scene of a shooting near the intersection of JFK and McCain.

There are few details at this time.

It is believed that one person has been injured.

We have a crew on the scene gathering information and will have more details as they become available.
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