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Woman fatally shoots mother and abducts 3-day-old baby after row

A WOMAN shot a mother dead before abducting her newborn baby after a row in a car park.

Kala Marie Golden was leaving an afternoon checkup with her three-day-old son, Keegan, when she had a verbal altercation with a woman in a Lexus parked next to her pickup truck.

Officials in Montgomery County, Texas, said the woman repeatedly shot Golden, took the infant and sped away. The Lexus then hit the dying mother as she screamed "my baby" and tried to reach for the car.

Witnesses reported hearing as many as seven gunshots and said a man was also in the sky blue or light green Lexus, which was blood-stained on the driver's side.

The newborn was found safe about six hours after his mother was fatally shot following the verbal altercation in the parking lot.

Officials wouldn't say where the infant was found, but confirmed it wasn't at a nearby apartment complex where officers wielding guns and riot shields searched.

"The child is healthy. The father of the child is on his way to be reunited with the child," a spokesman said.

A person of interest has been detained though no charges have been filed.

Investigators were processing evidence at one apartment in the complex that was searched, and they took away a vehicle parked in front.

Photographs taken by news media at the scene indicated the vehicle was a light-coloured Lexus.

The shooting happened just after 2pm outside the Northwoods Pediatric Centre in Spring, which is about 30 kilometres north of Houston.

A handful of people sitting outside Golden's nearby home said they were relatives but declined to give their names. They said the family was grieving and would have no comment.

Joshua Jesson said he was in the clinic with his girlfriend when he heard gunshots.

"I thought she just passed out. Then somebody ran in here and said, 'Somebody got shot,'" he said.