After hearing gunfire, daughter devastated to find mother shot in their home

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A woman made a horrible, heartbreaking discovery Thursday when she found her mother shot inside her own home.

Police said 60-year-old Rene Austin was shot and killed while in bed at her home in the 400 block of Booth Avenue.

FOX 4's Robert Townsend spoke with the Rene's daughter, Danielle Gabel, who is still struggling with the weight of the tragedy.

The devastating find has left Danielle in a painful fog.

"She was my best friend," Danielle said through tears.

Danielle said she cherished the bond she had with her mother. Sadly, that relationship has now suddenly and tragically ended.

Around 10 p.m. Thursday, Danielle was in bed when she heard a pop.

"There was no screams, no nothing like that," she recalled.

A startled, weary Danielle got out of bed and went to check on her mom. A frantic Danielle couldn't believe what she saw next to the Teddy bear collection, and the last Valentine's Day card she gave to her mom.

"She was slumped over, and blood everywhere. I panicked," she said.

Her mom had been shot and killed in her bed. Neighbors told police they heard at least four gunshots. At least two bullets tore through Rene's bedroom walls.

"She was shot in her back on her right side, and all on her face right here. Her eyes were open. She was looking at me. She was trying to tell me something but I couldn't understand her, there was too much blood," Danielle said, crying.

Rene died there, right before her daughter's eyes.

Police don't know who, or why someone shot up the family's small, second floor apartment.

In the meantime, a hurting Danielle is left with only the memories of her mom.

Rene Austin was also a beloved grandmother to six grandkids.