23-Year-Old Woman Charged with Murder in Alleged Road Rage Shooting

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Dallas Police have arrested and charged a 23-year-old woman in connection to a fatal highway shooting on January 23 that was apparently induced by road rage.

Keamber Sade Smith is in police custody after reportedly opening fire on a car after an altercation on the road. One of the passengers in the vehicle allegedly targeted by Smith was 26-year-old De’Asia Shelton, who died from a gunshot wound.

According to statements from multiple individuals who said they were with Shelton when she was shot, Shelton and a group of people left a home in South Dallas together on January 23. They told police that while on the highway, they got into an argument with the female driver of another car, whom police believe to be Smith.

Per an arrest warrant affidavit, Smith was driving behind the car Shelton and the other people were in when the group’s driver suddenly stepped on the brakes. According to witness accounts, the driver had braked suddenly due to slowing traffic.

According to the affidavit, Smith nearly hit the vehicle transporting the group, leading her to drive up next to them while shouting and gesturing at the car’s passengers to roll down a window. She then allegedly opened fire on them.

Shelton was hit in the face with a bullet, the affidavit says. The driver of the car she was in pulled over at a Mesquite gas station and a member of the group called the police. Shelton was transferred to the hospital; however, she died on January 29.

Detectives matched the suspect’s vehicle to a car registered to Smith. According to the affidavit, the witnesses’ description of the suspect also matched her profile, and her phone records at the time of the shooting allegedly place her near the 9300 block of East R.L. Thornton Freeway, where the incident occurred.

Smith was booked into the Dallas County Jail on February 16. She is charged with murder, with bail set at $200,000.    

For more Dallas crime-related news, see how Dallas City Councilmember Chad West of District 1 was named The Dallas Express’ Crime Boss of the Month for April 2022.

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