Mom shot and killed in Independence while driving with 2 young sons

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. --Officers are investigating a homicide that occurred around 8:45 p.m. Sunday in Independence.

A family member of the victim told FOX 4 she was driving near 15th Street and Sterling Avenue with her two children, ages 3-years and 6-months, inside the vehicle when she was shot and killed. Authorities pronounced her dead at the scene. The children were not injured.

Police haven't released a motive, but a family friend says the woman they describes as in her 20s may have cut the man off as they were driving, and it could have been road rage. There were several bullet holes in her windshield.

Authorities said they are looking for a white SUV in connection with the suspect. The driver is described as a white male.

Police initially said they were looking for a white pickup truck with a grey camper shell.

Police are speaking with witnesses at the scene.

"We do have a lot of witnesses around here," said John Syme with the Independence Police Department. "It's a pretty nice day out weatherwise, so there are a lot of people out and about. We are hoping maybe someone saw something who has not spoken with us yet, so we would like them to come forward as well."

The investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information, please call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.