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Woman killed while riding in SUV with husband was just minutes from home before shooting

A 62-year-old woman was killed Tuesday night when someone opened fire on the SUV she was riding in with her husband in west Harris County.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office says Saron James, who was going home from a doctor's appointment, was shot through the passenger window of their white Isuzu Rodeo just before 6:30 p.m. at Old Greenhouse Road at Windy Stone.

Her husband, Cleveland James, told deputies he thought he heard fireworks before noticing the passenger window was shattered, and his wife was shot in the head.

Frantic, Cleveland drove for nearly half a mile before he stopped and screamed for help.

Saron was taken to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Saron, who was from the Caribbean, and Cleveland, who was from Trinidad, had been married for 40 years.

After meeting at a bus stop in Brooklyn, Cleveland told ABC13 he knew he was going to marry her from the moment he saw her.

They moved to Houston from Brooklyn in 1985. They bought their first home in their neighborhood off Old Greenhouse.

Deputies said the couple was almost home and was talking about what they were going to have for dinner when the shooting occurred. They live just five minutes away from the grisly scene.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said their best lead is trying to track down a white Audi SUV seen speeding the opposite way, westbound on Old Greenhouse.

Witnesses reported the Audi was being driven by a black male in his early 20s with curly hair. They also told police they saw at least two other people in the vehicle.

"We believe the couple was complete innocent bystanders - maybe they just got caught in the middle of gunfire. We really don't know. We're trying to piece everything together," Sheriff Gonzalez said.

The sheriff says Saron could be the random victim of a separate road rage incident that happened earlier between other drivers. But that is still preliminary.

Family members who arrived at the scene late Tuesday broke down in tears.

Relatives describe Saron as a very religious, faith-filled woman who was organized, hard working and a giver.

"You have taken an angel from us. You have destroyed this family. You will pay in the end," Saron's family said.

Sheriff Gonzalez said this is just another example of senseless violence seen in recent weeks and months.

It's not confirmed that the man in the Audi was the shooter, but investigators want to talk with him.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office Homicide Unit is investigating Saron's murder.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 713-274-9200 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS(8477).

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