A 31-year-old woman died at the hospital days after being shot during an apparent road rage incident on Interstate 270.

Brandi D. Zamora, of St. Louis, and her friend were reportedly on their way back to her apartment following a trip to Walmart when the shooting occurred in the westbound lanes of the interstate around 8 p.m. Zamora was in the passenger seat and her friend was driving.

When their SUV was just east of Highway 367, another driver reportedly started following too closely. The driver of the SUV hit the brakes in an effort to get the trailing car, a silver passenger vehicle, to back off, and that’s when the other driver apparently lost their temper.

“Then, this car pulled around to them. He shot into the car on the driver’s side but it hit the passenger,” said Donna McCarty, who is a friend of the victim.

Police believe at least four shots were fired into the SUV, none of which hit the driver.

Zamora was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead Tuesday evening.

A GoFundMe page has been started for the family members of Zamora.

“This did not need to happen to anybody and anybody that knows something is wrong to let this be hid. It’s wrong and the person who did it, he needs to be punished,” McCarty said. “She [is] a caring, loving, girl and this is a horrible thing that happened.”

McCarty recently helped Zamora move into a new apartment in north St. Louis County. Zamora originally from Denver but moved to the St. Louis area.

Those who knew her say she battled a drug addiction but spent the past four years drug-free, regularly attending rehab meetings.

Family and friends gathered at an emotional vigil for Zamora on Wednesday night.

The Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Department requested the Greater St. Louis Major Case squad’s assistance with the investigation.

All lanes of westbound I-270 near Highway 367 in North County were closed for several hours Saturday night. All lanes reopened around 10:30 p.m.

Anyone with information is asked to call Bellefontaine Neighbors police at (314) 581-4536 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS (8477).

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